2009/08/13

Furoshiki Cotton wrappers

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Cotton wrappers (furoshiki)

A piece of cotton cloth to wrap things, one of the most practical inventions.
They come in many shapes and decorations and are always a welcome present.






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A beckoning cat with Daruma




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Lines of small Daruma



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Furoshiki (風呂敷)
are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that were frequently used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Although possibly dating back as far as the Nara period, the name, meaning "bath spread", derives from the Edo period practice of using them to bundle clothes while at the sentō (public baths;public furo).
Before becoming associated with public baths, furoshiki was known as hirazutsumi (平包), or flat folded bundle. Eventually, the furoshiki's usage extended to serve as a means for merchants to transport their wares or to protect and decorate a gift.

Modern furoshiki can be made of a variety of cloths, including silk, chirimen, cotton, rayon, and nylon. Furoshiki are often decorated with traditional designs or by shibori. There is no one set size for furoshiki, they can range from hand sized to larger than bed-sheets. The most common sizes are 45cm (17.7 inch) and 68-72cm (26.7-28.3 inch).

Although there are still furoshiki users in Japan, their numbers declined in the post-war period, in large part due to the proliferation of the plastic shopping bag. In recent years, it has seen a renewed interest as environmental protection became a concern. Furoshiki are, however, commonly used to wrap and transport lunch boxes (bento) and often double as a table mat for the lunch.

On March 6, 2006, the Japanese Minister of the Environment, Yuriko Koike, created a furoshiki cloth to promote its use in the modern world.
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How to use Furoshiki



Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan
source : www.env.go.jp/en/focus


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From Kenema



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King Daruma and the Big Furoshiki

http://ameblo.jp/036company/entry-10665709546.html


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Hankerchief ハンカチ hankachi



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Click for many more bautiful souvenir furoshiki!
source : mingeijapan

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gamakuchi, gamaguchi がま口 purse
lit. "mouth of a toad"









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NHK Bi no Tsubo - file267 「がま口」
美しいがま口は美しく響く it has to make a nice sound
歴史ががま口を包み込む There is the history of the maker
共に時を刻む Get old with it together!

source : www.nhk.or.jp/tsubo





. Purses from 畳の縁 tatami heri border brocade .

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Japanese Reference


 WASHOKU
Furoshiki with Kyoto vegetable patterns



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H A I K U


みんみんの峠を越えし風呂敷よ
minmin no tooge o koeshi furoshiki yo

I crossed the pass
with the minmin cicadas -
oh this furoshiki !


Kunitake Izayoi 国武十六夜
Tr. Gabi Greve


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moon flower
I wrap my dreams
in furoshiki


Shared by Stella Pierides
Joys of Japan - Poetry

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ginza memories
live in the linen drawer
furoshiki


Shared by Elaine Andre
Joys of Japan - Poetry


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Edo Patterns on Cotton

. fukusa 袱紗 small crape wrapper cloth .
for the tea ceremony


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2 comments:

anonymous SH said...

More! More!
RDW

anonymous said...

I love these and we purchased many many in Japan for gifts and for us.
So beautiful and we found there are many sizes and prices.
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