The name comes from the words "kusuri" which means medicine and "tama" which means ball. In ancient times these were made out of the flowers of medicinal plants and were hung out from the overhanging eaves of the house as a sign of good health and luck. The Kusudama are considered true talismans. They can be both a nice decorative piece throughout the home as well as a thoughtful and unique gift accompanied by the same message of health and luck. In realization of the models a number of pieces of paper are used, folded in some manner and then combined with glue or sown together.