I guess I can start here, and then go on to tell you that furoshiki combines the words “furo” meaning “bath” and a form of the verb “shiku” meaning “to spread”. This word originated in the Edo period of Japan when public baths were common and people carried their belongings in a square cloth, then spread the cloth for use as a bath mat.
Now having grown up in Japan, I saw everything carried about in furoshiki and have long admired the fabrics and the origami-like folds one could produce with these beautiful cloths.
Recently, I have created some beautiful shibori furoshiki for special customers and seasonal gift wrapping. From very tiny, to moderately sized, shibori furoshiki can envelope a special gift and become part of the gift itself, to be used over and over again.
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