are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths. It's a mini version of
another I have listed in the same design, listed separately. Furoshiki
are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths. This one is 50cm(20 inches)
like my other larger furoshiki, is a heavier weight, high quality 100%
cotton. It's rather small, please check my other listings if you wanted a
The rich colors and texture
and size make it ideal for home decor. It features rabbits in three
circular scenes, each repeated three times.
Hayashi San(Mr. Hayashi) took over the business from his father, and his
company has been making real, quality furoshiki like this for over 70
years now, right here in Kyoto. he also happens to be a friend of one
of my students, and so I was able to meet with him and when I told him
about my desire to give people outside Japan the chance to try his
furoshiki, he was happy to give me his best price. As with many
traditional things here, furoshiki are not as commonly used as they once
were, and without increased support, both in Japan and abroad, it's
inevitable the number of furoshiki companies will keep thinning.
I've been looking for an authentic source for furoshiki for some time
now, and was so glad to find Hayashi San. Here's a picture of him, with
a selection of furoshiki he brought to me. His company is a member of
the Furoshiki Study Group, which is made up of Japan's surviving 40 or
so Furoshiki companies. They aim to introduce people to the beauty of
furoshiki. And then he gave me a tying lesson, using the furoshiki
wrapped on the bottle of sake he'd just given me. You'll never hear
me complain about a lack of perks!
I was also fascinated to learn a bit about the rich history of
furoshiki, which is quite long and colorful. As a student of Japanese
language, I was surprised to realize that 'furo' is from the word for
bath. I'd never thought to connect the two! And 'shiki' is a thing
that is spread on the ground. It seems that In the Edo Period, from the
17th to 19th century, furoshiki were used to wrap the clean clothes
in, carried the just worn clothes home, and in between, were spread on
the bath house floor to stand on while changing.
If you enjoy furoshiki, are looking for an attractive, authentic,
distinctive wall hanging or table accent, or are a rabbit lover, you'll
be nothing but thrilled with this beautiful piece of art from Hayashi
San. The only thing cheap about it is the price, made possible by my
lucky introduction to the head of the company and his hope that
furoshiki will win over new fans everywhere.
Airmail is just $3 and your package should arrive about ten days from payment. These make great gifts, and I'm
offering a special flat rate shipping charge, too. Buy more than one of
these small furoshiki of any designs that ship for $3 each, and you'll
pay a flat $3 shipping for all of them. Add a large furoshiki that
ships for $5.00, and the shipping will remain $5.00 no matter how many
large and small furoshiki you buy.
Thanks for looking!