Furoshiki Japanese Fabric 'rabbits And Mochi' Cotton 50cm For Sale
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Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths. This one features rabbits and mochi rice under an autumn moon. The last furoshiki picture shows the reverse side, which is lovely in its own right! It's about 50cm x 50cm(19.69" x 19.69") and is a high quality, 100% cotton. It can of course be used as a furoshiki cloth to wrap a small gift, though its petite size makes it best in this regard for smaller items, allowing for enough room to tie it. The rich colors and texture and size make it ideal for home decor or quilting projects, too!
Hayashi San(Mr. Hayashi) took over the business from his father, and his company has been dealing in quality furoshiki like this for over 70 years now, right here in Kyoto. he also happens to be a friend of one of my students, and so I was able to meet with him and when I told him about my desire to give people outside Japan the chance to try his furoshiki, he was happy to give me his best price. As with many traditional things here, furoshiki are not as commonly used as they once were, and without increased support, both in Japan and abroad, it's inevitable the number of furoshiki companies will keep thinning.
I'd been looking for an authentic source for furoshiki for some time, and was so glad to find Hayashi San. Here's a picture of him, with a selection of furoshiki he brought to me. His company is a member of the Furoshiki Study Group, which is made up of Japan's surviving 40 or so Furoshiki companies. They aim to introduce people to the beauty and practicality of furoshiki. And then he gave me a tying lesson, using the furoshiki wrapped on the bottle of sake he'd just given me. You'll never hear me complain about a lack of perks!
I was also fascinated to learn a bit about the rich history of furoshiki, which is quite long and colorful. As a student of Japanese language, I was surprised to realize that 'furo' is from the word for bath. I'd never thought to connect the two! And 'shiki' is a thing that is spread on the ground. It seems that In the Edo Period, from the 17th to 19th century, furoshiki were used to wrap the clean clothes in, carried the just worn clothes home, and in between, were spread on the bath house floor to stand on while changing.
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Furoshiki Japanese Fabric 'rabbits And Mochi' Cotton 50cm: $8