Furoshiki (風呂敷) is dating back as far as the Nara period (710-794 AD), when it was a custom to hold valuables for the Emperors.
But the name itself comes from the Edo period (1603-1868), when bathhouses became increasingly popular among the public.Translating directly to “bath spread” (“furo” and “shiki” meaning “bath” and “to spread” respectively) and the practice of using these cloths to contain bundled clothes while at the sento (public baths).
Then as cities developed throughout Japan, the furoshiki became a convenient way for merchants to transport goods, gifts, or bento boxes and people began to wrap gifts in a similar fashion.
Nowadays, furoshiki isn’t used much anymore, as it fell out of fashion in post-World War II Japan when owning a Western-style bag became fashionable.
However, they are very useful and beautiful, so join our furoshiki workshop and learn the Elegance of Simplicity and this historical tradition.
Experience available in Tokyo and Kyoto.