Furoshiki Table Gifts

€65.00
Multi
Size: One Size

Our Furoshiki Table Gifts come in a set of six and can be used year and year again. Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, tied and neatly knotted to transport gifts and food.

Within each cotton cloth, hand screen-printed in Jaipur, there is one of the following gifts: fair trade felt dog decoration; set of three fair trade mini pencils; mini block-printed card; fair trade palm star decoration; metal bell decoration; fair trade mini paper rosette decoration; plus a paper crown, a riddle and a seasonal anagram.

Details

Made in India.
Outer box L 23cm x W 15cm x D 9cm. Internal boxes H 5.8cm x W 6.7cm x D 6.7cm.

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Tracing the History of Furoshiki

In the Shosoin treasure house of the Todai-Ji Temple in Nara is the oldest piece of Japanese wrapping cloth. The practice of wrapping objects in Japan traces back to the Nara period (710 to 794) – during this time, the cloth that an object was wrapped in was referred to as tsutsumi, meaning “package” or “present.” The wrapping cloths are now known as furoshiki. In them are placed gifts, food, or other objects that need to be transported, enveloped in cloth which is tied and neatly knotted.

Originating in the Muromachi period (1136 to 1573), the name furoshiki comes from two different words, “furo,” meaning bath, and “shiki,” to spread. It is said that there was a shogun during this era who had a large bathhouse in his residence and invited feudal lords to stay, who would wrap their kimonos in furoshiki cloth as they bathed. Many stood on the fabrics while drying after bathing, hence the translation of the word “bath spread.” Monograms were often marked on the cloths, so that they were easily recognisable when the bathers emerged from the steamy water.

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