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Kusudama Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

One frilly and one traditional Kusudama, both created from five folded paper squares, folded in a specific way.

“VOCATVS atQuenon – VOCATVS Deusaderit”

“Bidden or not bidden, God is present.”


I call this Kusudama Monday, as was Sunday, and Saturday. Among many other things I was creating Kusudama flowers on all days of the weekend.

I will describe what Kusudama are, for any of you that care to know: “It is a well-known art form, and dates back to Japan‘s Edo period, around 1600 CE.” Originally Kusudama flowers were created to make medicine balls to be hung around the home. They are still created today in Japan, but more in a celebratory manner, or for decorations. So, in a nutshell, Kusudama origami is a style of Japanese paper folding in which you fold and glue, usually five, squares of paper into individual origami folded shapes, and then assemble those five shapes into a flower structure. Twelve of these flowers can be assembled into the traditional Kusudama ball. Many origami artists do not use glue; some sew their structures together, and others just fold and create.

My love of origami and creating Kusudama flowers stems from my love of the Asian culture in general. When I began making Kusudamas for my Etsy shop not many artisans were creating them. This has changed though. I try to create new ways to make Kusudamas. I feature frilly petaled flowers, scalloped petaled flowers, and very fancy Kusudamas with added stamens and stems, plus the traditional Kusudamas. There are many ways you can use kusudamas, especially if you are an Asian arts lover. They can decorate gift packages, be hung as a medicine ball or pomander, can be used as a bouquet in any and all celebrations, especially weddings, or just to decorate a special corner of your home. The uses are endless.

Now if you made it to the end of this description, congratulations! You have learned something new today. What is a Kusudama? Now YOU know.

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