Made out of luxurious fabrics using handcrafting techniques dating back hundreds of years, enjoy this series of traditional furoshiki that can only be found in Japan.
The Chirimen Yuzen Silk Furoshiki | Tsujigahana is a premium furoshiki from the esteemed Japanese maker, Yamada Seni. On a bright purple and black background, beautiful flowers are weaving their way in between the two colors. Tsujigahana kimonos often display streams of flowers on vibrant color backgrounds, and these extravagant kimonos are often worn by women on ‘Coming of Age Day’ (成人の日, seijin no hi) , a celebration held to congratulate all young people who reached the age of majority (20 years old)!
This furoshiki is made out of pure silk crepe that has been woven on a loom using the chirimen (縮緬) technique, a form of textile made out of flat-woven silk. The labor intensive process produces a unique texture and feel, whilst maintaining the luxurious softness silk is famed for.
Once the chirimen process is complete, the design and colors are hand painted onto the furoshiki in the yuzen (友禅) style. In ancient times, clothing adorned with yuzen patterns was worn exclusively by the Imperial Family and aristocrats. Due to the painstakingly difficult crafting process, yuzen cannot not found in everyday clothing today, but still adorns the elaborate kimono of maiko and geiko (geisha).
Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths (Wikipedia
). They can be used as as an impromptu bag, for wrapping things for storage, as eco-friendly reusable gift wrapping, and more! Furoshiki have been making a comeback in Japan in recent years, as a beautiful and "green" way of gift giving and beautifying one's daily life. We've got more design in our furoshiki collection available right here
, and even a useful DVD
teaching you how to get the best of this bento boxes best friend.
How to wrap a bento box in a furoshiki:
Place the bento box in the middle of the furoshiki. If the box is square in shape, place it on the diagonal, so the sides are facing the corners of the cloth. Bring two opposite corners of the cloth over the box and tie securely. Then, bring the other two corners over the cloth, and tie again. You can also find instructions online for wrapping different objects in creative ways, such as how to wrap a wine bottle to make a handle for bringing wine to parties. See this page for more furoshiki wrapping and tying ideas.