Furoshiki – Rikyu-bai

A versatile wrapping cloth with classic Japanese patterns from Kyoto.

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The wrapping culture of Japan has developed across more than 1,000 years, and wrapping things in cloth is said to have already been a custom by the Nara period (710-794 CE). Furoshiki continue to be used in many ways, from binding precious objects as a means to protect them, to wrapping gifts decoratively, during bathing, or to carry objects from place to place. These 100% cotton furoshiki are printed one by one on an old roller printing machine. Highly skilled craftspeople adjust throughout the process to render the finest details of the patterns, which are different on each side. The patterns themselves have been designed with careful thought towards their symbolic meaning.
This polyester furoshiki features a plum flower pattern said to have been liked by the legendary tea master, Sen no Rikyū. Plum flowers have been used for decorations for centuries in Japan and symbolise resilience.

Handwashing recommended.

Size: L73 cm x W73 cm

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Wrapping

The single square of the furoshiki cloth envelops any complex shape, be it a box, a large bottle, or a sphere.

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