This Bag Has History
The Japanese have an everyday cloth, called furoshiki
that has been traditionally used for carrying, wrapping, and decorating.
Long before today's "reduce, reuse, recycle" or "eco-chic" hit the scene as a commonly-used phrase, Japanese people understood the intrinsic value of re-using cloth thereby preventing unnecessary waste. Dating back more than a 1000 years ago, furoshiki became an essential part of daily life until the proliferation of plastic bags. This unique facet of Japanese culture encourages us to rethink our disposable lifestyle of mass consumption.
Japanese traditional wrapping techniques literally define resourcefulness and imagination. The versatility of furoshiki (pronounced: foo, row, shee, key) will show you endless potential ways to wrap an item. It's not meant to be complicated and there are no rules, just be open and willing to experiment.
They are made in standard traditional sizes, chosen according to suit one's intended purpose. Japanese aesthetic sense is reflected in the cloth's design to look beautiful spread out flat as well as when something is wrapped inside. Due to its long history of use, many furoshiki design patterns are distinct and well established.
Off on a weekend getaway? Experience furoshiki in action. While packing, separate items in your suitcase with furoshiki to better organize or compartmentalize. For a picnic outing, carry a basket with food inside a large furoshiki and later it will unfold as your picnic sheet. When shopping out on the town, create an instant shoulder bag at your disposal for carrying the extra items you need for the day. Or carry your necessities in a small handbag or tote for the plane, while the rest of your stuff is stowed away in your suitcase.
The furoshiki as gift wrapping held a special prominence within Japanese culture and traditional etiquette.
Why not ditch the scissors, tape, ribbon, and paper (destination trash can) and dress it up in a furoshiki instead? Give family and friends a one-of-a-kind present with unexpected surprise. The packaging itself will serve as an added gift for a box of chocolates, a wine bottle, a bouquet of flowers and much more! Guaranteed to make lasting impressions, long after the gift has been received.
粋Iki was the buzzword during 18th century Japan for the fashion trends favored by the artisans. Generally, the three requirements for this chic iki were a persistence in being ones own person, a touch of class, and a light lifestyle.