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Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth


Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth

  10:27:00 am, Categories: Japan , Tags: bag, cloth, folding, furoshiki, japanese, wrapping

Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. Before the time of plastic bags, since hundreds of years, people in Japan used cotton or silk cloths to hold and carry stuff. They had invented useful ways to fold a simple cloth so that it could be used as a purse or to hold boxes, books, water melons and even bottles. But since the introduction of the plastic bag, it has been on the decline and there don't exist many furoshiki shops any more.

The Japanese government is trying to promote the people to use the furoshiki more again.

Here are two video about Furoshiki. (the first one is cheesy I know, but it gets the message across), the second one is from inside the Kakefuda, a furoshiki shop in Kyoto.

You can find folding patterns and other info on


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I love furoshikis and want to promote the practice in the US. A coworker and I tried to find furoshikis to buy; it was difficult so we recently launched our own site. We manufacture the fabric wraps locally in Portland, Oregon. If you’re interested, please see for more information. We’d love your feedback. Happy New Year!

01/15/08 @ 17:45
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Very cool. I need one for Survivor! Thank goodness for the English translation.

02/06/08 @ 18:09
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These are GREAT! I think I should give these to some of our brides.

06/07/08 @ 18:42

Love all the beautiful pictures, Thanks

01/27/10 @ 09:33

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