The plum flowers that adorned Furoshiki Ume are not quite as popular as Sakura outside japan, and yet you can see their gorgeous design on a lot of traditional Japanese items. We do find them really lovely - and let's stress the fact that those transport bags are made in Kyoto!
Furoshiki Ume comes in two versions: Red & Green and Cream & Blue. The fabric has texture that is reminiscent of traditionally woven crafts. Each furoshiki is reversible and can be used in various ways to show the top or underside of the cloth.
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 ways of wrapping different objects in beautiful ways, such as how to wrap a wine bottle to make a handle for bringing to parties. See this page for more furoshiki wrapping and tying ideas. And to get full use out of your furoshiki, check out this instructional DVD/complete guide.
48 cm square.
Furoshiki Ume 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.