Materials & Care

Temari Jewelry

All Miwa Temari balls are handmade from start to finish. Wool core is wrapped in layers of threads to form 土台 [do-dai] - the base of temari. Thinnest silk is used for the outer layer.

High quality Japanese silk, silver and gold threads are used for embroidery.


Earrings and Necklaces

Temari earrings: 14K gold filled or sterling silver* (except clips). 

Various types of earrings are available: hooks, posts, leverback, hoops, non-hole clips. Titan and silicon are available as allergy-free options (please contact directly for these options before placing your order).

High quality crystal pearls, similar to Swarovski, are used in Miwa earrings.

Temari pendants: attachment rings are 14K gold filled or sterling silver*.

Necklaces: sterling silver chain*, gold-plated brass chain, or Japanese Kumihimo silk cord with alloy attachments in either rhodium or gold color. 

*Sterling silver can gradually tarnish, caused by natural oxidization. Please use special cleaning solution for silver to restore the shine.

Silver and Gold Threads

These special threads from Kyoto are used in traditional Japanese embroidery of obi, ceremonial clothes and festival floats. The thinnest type (0.16mm) is used for Miwa Temari jewelry.

Silver threads 銀糸 [gin-shi] are made with real silver using vacuum deposition, and covered with protective layer. Silver threads are also available in light golden hues.


To avoid damaging protective layer and silver, please avoid rubbing the threads, and avoid exposure to high temperatures. Silver can gradually tarnish, caused by natural oxidization. 


Genuine gold threads 本金糸 [hon-kin-shi] are made with pure gold leaf wrapped around the silk core. Please treat with care and avoid rubbing the threads.


Care

Handling with care is advised due to the delicate nature of embroidery. Avoid rubbing the threads.

Spot cleaning only.


Please, prevent jewelry from coming in contact with beauty products.​ Sweat and sebum can stain the silk.


Store away from humidity and sunlight. Remove jewelry prior to showering, bathing or swimming. Remove jewelry before going to bed.


Silk is a natural material, fading can occur over the years, depending on conditions.


If your temari ball got deformed in some unfortunate incident, gently press the ball into its original shape.