Ukiyo-e (浮世絵; pictures of the Floating World) is a form of traditional Japanese art popular during the 17th to 19th centuries. Artists made woodblock prints and paintings of beautiful scenes that hark back to the Japan of old. Scenes included female beauties, Kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, folklore, historical depictions, landscape and travel, and many more.
The Ukiyo-e Furoshiki Rayon | Cats showing The Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido (『其のまま地口 猫飼好五十三疋』 ; Sono mama jiguchi miyaukaikou gojiusanhikii) is considered to be a masterpiece. This furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloths) is taken from the world of the famous Ukiyo-e artist, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, one of the last great Ukiyo-e masters. His cat paintings are especially prized, and he was a known cat lover (obviously!).
The composition showcases fifty five cats engaging in a variety of activities, including stretching, fighting, sleeping, eating (can you find the cat eating the giant octopus? d(-_^) ), and more! This furoshiki is the perfect gift for the cat lover in your life!
Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths. 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.
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.
Dimensions : 68 x 68 cm (26.8″ x 26.8″).
Weight : 93 g.
Material : 100% Rayon.
Made in Japan.
This furoshiki is made of 100% rayon. Please DO NOT machine wash this rayon furoshiki, or it may shrink! We recommend dry cleaning, and ironing with low to mid temperatures. Please also do not use this rayon furoshiki to carry heavy items or items with sharp corners.