Water Repellent Furoshiki bags

Furoshiki "A multi use wrapping cloth"

Furoshiki is a type of Japanese traditional wrapping cloth. You may say it is just a square piece of cloth, and at first glance it actually is. However, it is more than just a piece of cloth. You can use it as a carrier bag and wrap what ever you want. For example you are able to carry wine bottles, watermelons or any other kind of fruit, as well as bonsai and other plants, books, bento boxes, food and so on. Moreover, you can use it as a tablecloth, a picnic mat or a scarf. It can be used in multiple ways. There is no rule, so you can decide how to use your Furoshiki.

 

History of Furoshiki

The history of Furoshiki dates back to the Nara period (the eighth century). It was found in the Shōsōin the imperial Repository in Nara. Basically, not much has changed from the current usage of Furoshiki. The Furoshiki at that time was called Hokei-fuhaku (literally "square fabric"), and was used to wrap special items of value, such as the robes of Buddhist priests and the costumes of minstrels. It became popular with the general public in the mid-Edo period (1603-1868). At this time they were used to carry toiletries and clothing to the bathhouse, and were also placed on the floor as bathmats. During this period, wealthy families commissioned bridal furoshiki of different sizes, decorated with their family crest and symbols of good luck. Furoshiki literally means "Furo=bath and Shiki=to spread". However, why did this square cloth come to be called "Furoshiki?" It is said that in the Muromachi period (1336-1573), the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408) built a large bathhouse. When the feudal lords used it, they wrapped their clothes in a square cloth decorated with their family crest, in order to recognize their own clothing and separate it from the others. Moreover when they finished taking a bath they spread thier own square cloth and changed their clothes on their own square cloth. That was the reason why they started to call it "Furoshiki (Furo=bath, shiki=spread)".

Japanese people have used this Furoshiki for more than 400 years. However from the 1970s, instead of using a Furoshiki wrapping cloth, people started to use plastic and paper bags due to the emergence of supermarkets across Japan. These plastic and paper bags are really convenient when you go shopping, but please wait a moment. In worldwide we waste between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are used a year. How about using a Furoshiki wrapping bag? It is eco friendly and it is compact when folded, making it easier to carry when not in use. And again you can wrap whatever you want. This is Furoshiki, the magical wrapping cloth.

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