Furoshiki Karakusa 2012 is a 50 cm (19.4") square cloth with a traditional swirl pattern called karakusa, that comes in two colors. This traditional pattern evolved over hundreds of years, originally coming from spiral floral motifs on cloths that came over from Persia and China. In the Japanese design, the flowers have disappeared, leaving an abstract, almost modern looking design.
The 2012 version comes in 2 japanese colors : deep pink and pistache green.
For other classic colors, visit the Furoshiki Karakusa page.
Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths (Wikipedia). They used to be used in many ways - as an impromptu bag, for wrapping things for storage, or as a reusable gift wrapping. Furoshiki have been making a comeback in Japan in recent years, as a beautiful, reusable and eco-friendly way of gift giving and beautifing one's daily life.
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 find instructions on the web for many beauftiful styles of furoshiki wrapping, for carrying things such as wine bottles or other unique objects.
This furoshiki is made of 100% cotton. It is machine-washable (use the gentle cycle and lukewarm water. Recommended maximum water temperature is 40 degrees C / 104 degrees F). It is relatively wrinkle-free, but you can iron it to make it pristine.
Made in Japan.