Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths. This one features a charming maneki neko(beckoning cat) and daruma doll motif. The last furoshiki picture shows the reverse side, which is lovely in its own right!
It's about 50cm(just under 20 inches) square and like my other
furoshiki, is a heavier weight, 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! I also have this same design listed separately in a larger size.
Airmail anywhere in the world is just $3. Please check out my other listings for more furoshiki! 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.
If you buy more than
one design, please wait for me to make a single combined invoice with
the adjusted shipping total before you pay.
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.
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.
Thanks for looking!