Wednesday, October 15, 2008

furoshiki

After seeing La Fuji Mama's post about furoshiki. I had commented and she asked me to post about my Coach furoshiki. (I got the Coach furoshiki when I purchased a fashion magazine here.)

I then went through all my furoshiki....I didn't realize it but I do have somewhat of a collection.

A bunny chirimen (crepe) furoshiki (46 cm x 46 cm).

And the Gion matsuri cotton furoshiki (100 cm x 100 cm).

A Laura Ashley cotton handkerchief that turned into a furoshiki (56 cm x 56 cm).

Sbilla (which I think is a Japanese brand) cotton furoshiki (48 cm x 48 cm).

Cotton tea towel that turned into a furoshiki (48 cm x 48 cm).

And the polyester Coach furoshiki (70 cm x 70 cm). This one is a bit stiff, guess it will take some time to soften.

Here are some ways to use furoshiki from the magazine article--as a means to carry wine, cake, flowers or as a bag.

This site offers techniques on how to tie furoshiki for various objects.

I use the 100 cm x 100 cm furoshiki mainly to carry dishes to pot luck, and the smaller furoshiki to carry bento and mugs to picnics.

If you want to help the environment, want to stop using plastic bags but don't know how to sew, this is a great way to carry groceries and gifts because any squarish piece of fabric can turn into a furoshiki. Also, if you use a nice piece of fabric you could use the furoshiki as gift wrapping and give it away along with the gift inside.

Be creative and do your part to help the environment.

29 comments:

Rowena said...

I remember my grandmother tying up a hot pot of rice to take over somewhere but it had never occurred to me that perhaps she was doing a form of furoshiki. You know how the different ethnicities must've rubbed off on one another. Very cool post.

Lori said...

i love furoshiki, nice collection! :)

Phoebe said...

wonderful!! I have always wanted to learn this and carry it outside of my bag instead of hoping that it doesn't overflow inside. Thanks!

Debinhawaii said...

I have a couple furoshiki and I need to use them more. You have quite a collection!

Bentoist said...

Nice collection you have!

Hello Sweety said...

Hi Kat,

beautiful day, great post.

Furoshikis are the business-the ultimate eco bag.

K

Pandabonium said...

Great post about a beautiful and sustainable way of carrying things around. Thanks.

K and S said...

Yes a lot of cultures in Hawaii have melded over the years, Rowena, cool story about your grandma :)

Thanks Lori, Bentoist and Hello Sweety!

I hope you will try using furoshiki, Phoebe :)

You should definitely try to use them more Deb :)

Thanks PB, I hope you wil use furoshiki sometime too :)

Take care everyone.
Kat

Fuji Mama said...

LOVE seeing your collection! I love furoshiki books/mags too. It's amazing how many ways there are to tie them, isn't it? I'm loving the Coach furoshiki, very chic. ;-)

K and S said...

Glad you liked them, Fuji Mama :) That Coach one is still a bit stiff, hoping it will get softer with use.

Take care.
Kat

Jann said...

what a wonderful idea to offer to the environment~we should all be as clever to carry these~I avoid plastic whenever I can! Great idea with leftover fabrics~

K and S said...

Thanks Jann, by not taking plastic whenever you can is definitely doing a little :)

Take care.
Kat

Jenster said...

You have a great collection there! I'm all thumbs and am terrible with knots -- I wonder if I could handle furoshiki?

K and S said...

I don't see why not?! Jenster, you should give them a try :)

Take care.
Kat

amy said...

Too funny, I just saw some furoshiki fabrics at Enveraak and bought the cherry one. Guess what I'll be doing tonight ;)

K and S said...

I think it is great you bought one, Amy, I hope you like using it :)

Take care.
Kat

cahpesisiran said...

beautifull ornament..

K and S said...

Thanks Cahpesisiran, hope you try furoshiki soon :)

Take care.
Kat

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I also love furoshiki, but my collection is quite as extensive as yours.

K and S said...

Aren't they the greatest, Melanie??

Take care.
Kat

Helena said...

Sorry if I have made you read back this far, but I just discovered your musings and writings. I wanted to say such fabrics seem too beautiful to make shopping bags! My shopping bags are made of rough canvas, you know, the trademarks of a country pumpkin. But I would love the fabrics you have shown for my omiyage sewing instead! If you can just see through the screen, I am shaking my head left and right, right now...

K and S said...

Thanks Helena, for everyday shopping I too use rough canvas, these furoshiki are mainly used for gift giving or special occasions. You could definitely use special fabrics for omiyage. I think furoshiki would definitely make a nice Christmas present or stocking stuffer.

Take care.
Kat

Anonymous said...

The coach furoshiki can fold into a mini bag too
http://weblog.xanga.com/iluvbag2005/681968668/coach-x-miss-furoshiki-scarf-us-1599.html

K and S said...

Thanks Anon!

Take care.
Kat

Anonymous said...

there is a nice diagram of all the different wrapping methods using furoshiki here
http://japansugoi.com/wordpress/do-you-know-how-to-use-traditional-japanese-furoshiki/

K and S said...

Thanks Anon, it looks like the same diagram that I posted about in my post :)

Take care.
Kat

Anonymous said...

My sister & I love furoshiki too. So much so, that we've started designing, screenprinting & tie-dying them. Check out our little shop on www.myfuroshiki.etsy.com
Happy knotting!

K and S said...

thanks Anon, I'll check it out :)

Take care.
Kat

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