Miyai Furoshiki

Furoshiki boasts a remarkable history spanning over a millennium. Early evidence suggests its use as far back as the Nara period, where it was known as "tsutsumi-nuno" and served the noble purpose of wrapping precious imperial treasures. The term "furoshiki" itself emerged during the Muromachi period. Its association with public bathhouses might have played a role in its naming, as high-ranking individuals used furoshiki to carry and protect their garments. However, furoshiki's purpose evolved beyond bath accessories. Over time, it transformed into a versatile tool for everyday use, seamlessly integrating itself into Japanese life. As its functionality expanded, so did its aesthetic significance. Furoshiki became a canvas for exquisite designs and intricate patterns, reflecting the refined taste and cultural values of Japan.

Founded in 1897 as Miyai Dennosuke Shoten, the company transitioned from textile dyeing and wholesaling to become a leading furoshiki manufacturer. Over the decades, they've embraced innovation alongside quality, from hand-dyed silks to modern printing methods, as evidenced by their archives containing the beautiful Koshu Hachihata furoshiki. Today, Miyai Furoshiki's passion extends beyond exquisite craftsmanship, actively promoting furoshiki's place in Japanese culture through design competitions, exhibitions, and global collaborations, ensuring this art form thrives for generations to come.