Furoshiki, Japanese Traditional Wrapping Cloth, Large Size, "Kanze Mizu" Pattern, Silver Leaf, High Quality
<About the Product>
Furoshiki is a type of Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. This cloth can be used in a lot of ways, such as interior design, wrapping a gift for a present or wrapping things when you travel. Also Furoshiki is eco-friendly, you can use it many times and do not need to throw away wrapping paper every time!
This furoshiki is a product of Chikusen (竺仙), a traditional Japanese cloth brand established in 1842 and well known for its technical strength of craftsmen and top-class quality. Therefore this Furoshiki has the highest quality, with beautiful and truly elegant patterns. The color combination of light brown, reddish brown, mustard brown and dark purple brown and silver has a quiet and calm tone, creating the real feeling of "wabi sabi."
This design has a whirling pattern which is made up of alternating layers of dyed vermillion and brown. The "water patterns" are detailed by silver leaves and this gives a composed and stabled feeling to the over-all design.
This design is a copy of a part of a "Noh" play costume which was first made in the Momoyama Era, in the late 16th century. Noh (能) is one of the Japanese traditional art which is played on a stage. The costume with this water pattern is worn by those who play the roles of older women.
This water pattern is called "KANZE-MIZU," drawn in staggering vortex figures. Water flow and undulating water surface expresses various expressive expressions of the water every moment.
Originally, flowing water pattern was drawn in the copper-ware in the Yayoi period in the old days. The meandering line depicting the flow of water is particularly preferred in Japan, and it combines with various motifs such as flowers, vessels, etc. to create a pattern with a lot of taste. The water of the river which continues to flow and keeps its appearance after an eternal time symbolizes the infinite movement and time. The flowing water pattern that shows the water appearance is a lucky symbol that represents the eternal future without stopping.
"Water" itself has the meaning of purifying (purification), it is also regarded as a fortune from the point of eliminating disasters and washing away impurities.
This water pattern is called "KANZE-MIZU," because KANZE, the name of the traditional school of Noh music, used this pattern regularly. "MIZU" means water in Japanese. The people of KANZE made this pattern because the water of the well of KANZE residence was always swirling due to the influence of groundwater flow. At the remnant of the Kanisei residence in Nishijin in Kyoto, the well at that time is still left.
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<Size (in)> 35 (height) x 36 (width)
We are a shop located in Japan selling Japanese traditional crafts arranged in modern style.
We love Japanese traditional items, but at the same time we feel that it is not easy, especially for non-Japanese people to actually use these items in daily life. We would like to introduce you items having Japanese traditional aspects but also modern taste so that you can easily use them in your everyday life.
We are also very passionate about saving traditional Japanese culture. Now less people wear kimono and the number of traditional craftsmen are decreasing due to population aging and decrease in demand. As you may see from the graph, the production amount of Japanese traditional crafts (shown in blue line) have been decreasing drastically, now less than 1/5 of the peak time. We would love to tell the beauty of Japanese tradition all over the world, increase popularity of the products in this modern society and save Japanese traditional culture.
We also feel that this is not only the problem of Japanese kimono, but also the problem of all other traditional crafts all over the world. In the future we would love to create a platform to breathe new life into traditional items and revive them in the modern society.
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