The idea and colors for this temari were inspired by and old Russian handicraft of Khokhloma. Red and gold flowers and fruits on the dark (black) background are the trademarks of this craft. Once nearly forgotten, now Khokhloma is in favor among Russian fashion designers like Denis Simachev.
Flowers on the mari are stitched with squares and rose garden pattern (overlaying squares), and lighter elements are my all-time favorite swirls.
More pictures in the gallery, check out the nice contrast this ball makes with my previous, Samarkand Sunrise temari. You’ll get to see some cat, too 🙂