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Furoshiki Japanese Fabric Sharaku's 'the Actor' Motif Cotton 48cm For Sale

Furoshiki Japanese Fabric Sharaku's 'the Actor' Motif Cotton 48cm


*PLEASE NOTE MY VACATION SCHEDULE*I'll be away in late November and won't be able to process orders during that time. Orders received AFTER 12 noon on November 20th US Pacific Standard Time won't be sent until after I return to Kyoto December 2nd. Orders received BEFORE 12 noon on November 20th will be sent right out as usual.Once I send your package it should take about 2-3 weeks to get to you. But there can be occasional postal delays, so please consider this timing before ordering, especially if you're shopping for the holidays. In that case, the standard shipping might not get your package to you in time.If you purchase while I'm away and need your items by a certain date, please send me a message before you order so that I can confirm that I can get it to you by your deadline. I'll be checking messages while I'm away.Thank you for your patience and understanding while I'm away and thank you for visiting my shop!


Shipping is free! Your furoshiki should get to your door about 2-3 weeks from payment. If you buy more than one item, please use the cart and wait to pay until you finish shopping.

Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths. This one's based on a classic woodblock print of an actor by the artist Sharaku. It's about 48cm x 48cm(18.9" x 18.9")and is made of a high quality, 100% cotton. The rich colors and texture and size make it ideal for home decor or quilting projects.

Hayashi San(Mr. Hayashi) took over the business from his father, and his company has been offering real, 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.

Please check out my other listings for more furoshiki and other good things from Japan!



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Furoshiki Japanese Fabric Sharaku's 'the Actor' Motif Cotton 48cm

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