A ball is a timeless toy for all ages; popular then as it is popular now. In Japan, Mari (or ball) was not a toy which you bounced, but you enjoyed it by rolling it on the floor or tossing it in air to play catch. Its core was made of cotton, so it would not have bounced well. It was not a gift for special occasions, but rather parents made it for their children and decorated it lovingly with embroidery of intricate patterns for their children. In the end of 18th century, rubber balls became popular, and children enjoyed it more than the traditional Mari. Since then, this embroidered ball has become a decorative item for home and has become a women's hobby to make. This is a product which follows traditional technique, size, thread, color and embroidery and is made entirely by hand. The core of this ball is made of 'chaff' so it does not function as a ball for playing and bouncing. The threads are cotton, and is dyed mainly with vegetable extracts.