This furoshiki features a scene from the Heian period on an elegant black base, with men and women of the aristocracy enjoying a spring outing with cherry blossoms in bloom.
Two of the noblemen are playing a traditional game called kemari, a pastime that was introduced to Japan about 1500 years ago in which the participants try to keep a ball in the air without using their hands or arms. It's still played at special events at shrines.
Please note that the gold portions of the motif have a distinct texture, the cloud shaped gold on top and bottom feels a little stiff compared to the rest of the fabric.
The detail on the gold is difficult to see at a glance, but there's an elegant, traditional repeat star shaped geometric pattern called asanoha. Please see the closeups.
Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths . This one's about 50cm x 50cm(19.69" x 19.69") and is a high quality 100% cotton.
It can of course be used as a furoshiki cloth to wrap a bento lunch box or small gift, though its petite size makes it best in this regard for smaller items, allowing for enough room to tie it. The rich colors and texture and size make it ideal for home decor or quilting projects, too!
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.
Get it fast via USPS and rest assured with tracking and insurance already included in the price. We also ship to select countries outside the US from our main office in Kyoto, Japan. If you live outside the US, please allow about 2-3 weeks for your package to arrive via Japan Post.
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Apr 27, 2017 by magrisf
Excellent service, would definitely buy from again