Furoshiki Block Print Wrapping Cloths

CAD 32.00
Ochre/Ginger
Size: One Size

Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, tied and neatly knotted to transport gifts and food. Furoshiki cloths can be used to wrap books, presents and lunch boxes in a responsible way.

Our cotton wrapping cloths are hand block-printed by artisans in Jaipur. Each wooden block is skilfully hand-carved then carefully lined up by eye on the fabric. Packaged in a reusable envelope with tying instructions. One large cloth, one small.

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Machine wash 30ºC. 100% cotton.
Made in India.
Printed by hand using a traditional block print. A little unevenness in colour and design is characteristic of this hand process.
Large cloth 60 x 60cm. Small cloth 40 x 40cm.

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Tracing the History of Furoshiki

In the Shosoin treasure house of the Todai-Ji Temple in Nara is the oldest piece of Japanese wrapping cloth. The practice of wrapping objects in Japan traces back to the Nara period (710 to 794) – during this time, the cloth that an object was wrapped in was referred to as tsutsumi, meaning “package” or “present.” The wrapping cloths are now known as furoshiki. In them are placed gifts, food, or other objects that need to be transported, enveloped in cloth which is tied and neatly knotted.

Originating in the Muromachi period (1136 to 1573), the name furoshiki comes from two different words, “furo,” meaning bath, and “shiki,” to spread. It is said that there was a shogun during this era who had a large bathhouse in his residence and invited feudal lords to stay, who would wrap their kimonos in furoshiki cloth as they bathed. Many stood on the fabrics while drying after bathing, hence the translation of the word “bath spread.” Monograms were often marked on the cloths, so that they were easily recognisable when the bathers emerged from the steamy water.

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