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Keisuke Serizawa Iroha Organic Cotton Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth

Keisuke Serizawa Iroha Organic Cotton Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth

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Immerse yourself in the richness of the Japanese language with the Keisuke Serizawa Iroha Organic Cotton Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth by Miyai Furoshiki. This captivating piece features a design by the renowned Human National Treasure and Person of Cultural Merit Keisuke Serizawa, showcasing the characters of the Iroha script in a mesmerizing kata-e design across the fabric. The Iroha, a phonetic poem, is the traditional order for Japanese characters, offering a glimpse into the beauty and complexity of the written language. Woven from 100% organic cotton by the skilled artisans at Miyai Furoshiki, this furoshiki is luxuriously soft to the touch and a sustainable alternative to conventional gift wrap.

Use it to elegantly wrap a gift or add a touch of Japanese culture to your home decor. Drape it over a table as a unique tablecloth, display it as a decorative wall hanging, or lovingly wrap a gift for someone in this precious piece. With its beautiful design and multiple functionalities, this furoshiki wrapping cloth is a perfect addition to any home that appreciates history, art, and cultural exploration.

Detail

Size: W 35.4in x L 35.4in x H 0in / W 90cm x L 90cm x H cm
Material: 100% Organic Cotton (machine washable)
Made in Japan

Care & Use

  • Machine washable: Wash with cold water and gentle detergent.
  • Drying: Line dry or tumble dry on low heat to prevent shrinkage.
  • Ironing: Iron on low heat if needed, while slightly damp for easier wrinkle removal.
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Delivering Furoshiki from the Heart

Furoshiki's history in Japan stretches back over a millennium. Early evidence points to its use as far back as the Nara period (710-794 AD), where it was known as "tsutsumi-nuno" and used to wrap precious imperial treasures. The term "furoshiki" itself emerged during the Muromachi period (1336-1573 AD).  As public bathhouses became more popular, high-ranking individuals used furoshiki to carry and protect their garments.  Over time, furoshiki evolved beyond bath accessories, becoming a versatile tool for everyday use and a symbol of refined aesthetics.

Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, has played a significant role in the evolution of furoshiki. As a center of culture and craftsmanship for centuries, Kyoto nurtured the art of furoshiki making. Skilled artisans perfected techniques like silk dyeing and intricate weaving patterns, creating furoshiki that were not just functional but also works of art.  Kyoto's furoshiki workshops continue to thrive today, offering a vibrant selection of traditional and contemporary designs.  They remain a testament to the city's rich heritage and its enduring love for this beautiful and sustainable tradition.

Brand History

In 1897, Miyai Furoshiki, originally Miyai Dennosuke Shoten, began its journey in the heart of Japan's textile industry. Initially focusing on dyeing and wholesaling cloth, they soon discovered their niche in the art of furoshiki – the traditional Japanese wrapping cloths.  Over the decades, Miyai Furoshiki has become synonymous with furoshiki, not just for their dedication to quality and craftsmanship, but also for their innovative spirit. From meticulously hand-dyed silks in the early days to experimenting with roller printing and jacquard looms, they have consistently embraced new techniques while staying true to the essence of furoshiki. Their archives boast a fascinating collection that reflects these changes, including the beautiful Koshu Hachihata furoshiki, a pre-dyed high-grade silk piece reaching its peak production in the 1950s.

Today, their commitment to artistry and cultural preservation keeps them not only relevant but also revered as a leading artisan. Their exquisite furoshiki, crafted with meticulous attention to detail and high-quality materials, is a testament to their dedication. But their passion extends far beyond the product itself. They actively champion furoshiki and its place in Japanese culture through various initiatives. From sponsoring design competitions that encourage fresh perspectives on the art form to organizing exhibitions that showcase its rich history, Miyai Furoshiki fosters a vibrant community around furoshiki. Additionally, their global collaborations, such as the "Furoshiki Paris" project, demonstrate their dedication to introducing this beautiful tradition to a wider audience.