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Navy Blue Sashiko Organic Cotton Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth

Navy Blue Sashiko Organic Cotton Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth

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This beautiful Navy Blue Sashiko Organic Cotton Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth features a classic Sashiko stitch pattern, a visual testament to the resourcefulness and artistry born from everyday life. The intricate design, formed by rows of interlocking stitches on a deep navy background, embodies the wabi-sabi philosophy of finding beauty in simplicity. Sashiko is a technique developed from the simple mending of clothing and the wisdom of the people who used it daily, using simple thread and needles. Woven from 100% organic cotton by the skilled artisans at Miyai Furoshiki, this furoshiki is durable and reusable, it is also an eco-friendly alternative to traditional gift wrap.

Wrap a gift with exquisite flair and environmental consciousness. Beyond gift-giving, the generous size allows for creative furoshiki folding techniques. Transform it into a stylish placemat for a special occasion, use it as a decorative table runner, or drape it over a low table to create a unique and modern centerpiece. This furoshiki wrapping cloth is a perfect blend of timeless design and practical use for any household.

Detail

Size: W 41.3in x L 41.3in / W 105cm x L 105cm
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.