Embroidered Ball


The embroidered ball, usually made from colored embroidery, is a common mascot among Chinese folk especially among people of Zhuang Nationality. In ancient China, it was a custom in some places that the marriageable-age maiden threw down an embroidered ball to the suitors gathering at the embroidery workshop on a specified day (usually on the fifth day of the first month or the fifteenth day of the eighth month on Chinese lunar calendar). Whoever got this embroidered ball would be the maiden’s husband. Of course, the maiden usually targeted at the loved one and threw the ball on him so that he could hold it. In many parts of China, an embroidered ball is tied on the top of the bride's sedan chair, indicating delight and blessings.

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