Furoshiki, a touch of elegance and tradition to carry your bento boxSergio Dioguardi
A Furoshiki is a colorful square of cloth full of history.
In the Japanese tradition, it was originally used to wrap and carry clothes. In fact, starting from the seventeenth century, with the construction of public thermal baths throughout Japan, the use of squares of cloth spread in order to allow those who went to the baths to keep their change of clothes packed, without coming into contact with that of the other customers. They used the fabric as a kind of small platform, on which to place their feet when getting changed. Hence the term furo (bathroom) and shiki (open, explain).
Subsequently, the furoshiki was used to transport the bento box, gifts and other goods, becoming part of everyday life up to the present day.
Although furoshiki was partially replaced by plastic bags, popular after the Second World War, in recent times, thanks to the increased awareness of ecology and pollution, the transport with squares of cloth has sparked a new and growing interest. In fact, in 2006 an awareness campaign was set up by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment regarding the use of furoshiki to promote waste reduction.
What is a furoshiki and what is it made of?
Furoshiki can be defined as a square-shaped piece of cloth, the sides of which are hemmed. Apart from this basic definition, modern furoshiki are produced in a wide range of sizes and can be made of different materials, such as cotton, silk, rayon, nylon depending on the intended use.
What is the best fabric for making a furoshiki? The most widespread is definitely cotton, both for the color rendering of the decorations and because the folding and closing operation is easier and faster. Contrary to popular belief, wrapping the bento with a furoshiki is a simple and quick operation, like tying your shoes. Watch our video tutorial “how to wrap your bento with furoshiki”.
The fabric of furoshiki is the canvas on which the infinite elements of traditional Japanese art and design find space, making it unique and full of a story to tell.
The possible decorations are many: the famous Great Wave by Hokusai, or the floral decorations that recall the changing of the seasons. There are also traditional furoshikis decorated with the ancient shibori technique which consists of tying and manipulating the fabric and then immersing it in a dye bath that creates an abstract pattern.
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