Small Size 'sharaku' Cotton Furoshiki Cotton Japanese Fabric For Sale
If you buy more than
one design, to get the flat rate shipping special detailed below, please wait for me to make a single combined invoice with
the adjusted shipping total before you pay. 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 square and is made of high
quality 100% cotton. The rich colors and texture and size make it ideal
for home decor or quilting projects. I've seen lots of furoshiki with classic woodblock print designs over the years here in Kyoto, but inevitably they were done on synthetic fabric. I only sell cotton furoshiki because I prefer the feel and look, and I asked Hayashi San to consider producing such designs on the cotton fabric that has become so popular with my customers. So I was thrilled when he showed me this and three other woodblock print motif furoshiki he's started making. I have those listed separately now.It's more difficult to be true to the originals and get sharp images on cotton than synthetic, so I really wasn't sure if he'd be able to come up with something he'd be satisfied with. But when I saw these, I knew his efforts had paid off!
Hayashi San(Mr. Hayashi) took over the business from his father, and his
company has been making 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've been looking for an authentic source for furoshiki for some time
now, 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.
If you enjoy furoshiki or are a woodblock print fan, you'll be nothing but
thrilled with this beautiful piece of art from Hayashi San. The only
thing cheap about it is the price, made possible by my lucky
introduction to the head of the company and his hope that furoshiki will
win over new fans everywhere.
Airmail anywhere in the world is just $3, and these are available for
instant purchase. These make great gifts, and I'm offering a special
flat rate shipping charge, too. Buy more than one of these small
furoshiki of any designs that ship for $3 each, and you'll pay a flat $3
shipping for all of them. Add a large furoshiki that ships for $5.00,
and the shipping will remain $5.00 no matter how many large and small
furoshiki you buy.
Please check out my other listings for more furoshiki!
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Small Size 'sharaku' Cotton Furoshiki Cotton Japanese Fabric: $8