Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths. This one is 100% cotton and is approx. 90cm x 90cm(35.4” x 35.4”). It's based on a print by the renowned American woodblock print artist Clifton Karhu and as you'll notice, actually features four impressions of the same artwork, with two of the images upside down. It features a traditional Kyoto 'machiya' townhouse at night.
When I stopped Mr. Karhu's Kyoto studio, I noticed some striking cushions and was then shown this furoshiki, which was used to make them! So if you're crafty and would like to incorporate these images into your next project, please don't hesitate to take your scissors to it and let your inspiration be your guide! It was produced with you in mind.
Mr. Karhu was born in Minnesota but spent most of his life in Japan, where he lived from 1955 until he passed away in 2007.
I have also other furoshiki based on Mr. Karhu’s work-please see the special section in my store to see them all.
Please note that this is not an original print, it is not rendered on paper, it is not hand signed and numbered, nor is it a limited edition, as a collectible print is. If you are looking for a standard print as an investment grade collectible, this is not what you're after.
This is a cotton furoshiki cloth that Mr. Karhu’s studio here in Kyoto has approved and licensed. It lives up to his high standards in both the quality of the cotton, which has a good weight and a rich texture to it, and the superior craftsmanship in the printing, which lives up to the care and attention to detail that went into in his prints.
Mr. Karhu made a name for himself among contemporary woodblock print fans around the world over the course of his many years in Kyoto. In his work I see the traditional Kyoto that I love, and the bold colors and distinct lines that characterize his work lend a fresh vibrancy and boldness to familiar scenes.
He was a rare artist in that he mastered each aspect of the process of making woodblock prints, from the initial sketch, to carving the wood blocks, to making the prints. Traditionally these steps were carried out by different craftsmen, each a specialist. It's a time consuming, exacting succession of tasks, and he cut no corners. These furoshiki are made in the same spirit, and actually with the same kind of technique. First, a photo was taken of the print and enlarged. Then a stencil was cut, and the stencil was used to hand print these wonderful works of art in Kyoto with Mr. Karhu’s permission.
If you'd like more information on the artist, I encourage you to visit some of the many websites that deal in Mr. Karhu's work. Spending time with him at his studio was a truly memorable experience and I came away from it feeling grateful for having had the chance to meet a man who was not only influenced and entranced by Kyoto, but in turn added his own distinct artistry to the rich history of this ancient city.
And Good news for folks in the U.S.!
Thanks to your support our California office for domestic orders is up and running and this furoshiki is in stock.
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