Furoshiki Matsu is a beautiful, 50 cm (19.7") square cloth for wrapping your bento box. It is dark purple, the official color of the city of Kyoto, with a stylized pine (matsu) needle motif in yellow and white that is traditional yet quite contemporary looking. The size is great for any of our bento boxes, and is especially recommended for use with our genuine wood bento boxes. It also doubles as a small tablecloth for when you eat your bento.
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.