A Temari Permutation Sampler

Debra K. Borkovitz
Proceedings of Bridges 2017: Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture
Pages 363–366 Short Papers


We discuss the mathematics and the craft involved in creating a temari ball embroidered with 24 trefoil knot designs. Each design includes four colors of thread permuted in a different order. The designs are arranged to form a truncated octahedron, where designs formed by switching adjacent colors are connected by an edge.