FUROSHIKI is a method for wrapping gifts and carrying items which started in Japan thirteen hundred years ago.
In Japanese, FUROSHIKI literally means “Bath mat”; FURO = bath and SHIKI = mat. About 700 years ago during the Samurai era, FUROSHIKI started to be used at bathhouses to wrap clothes and as a towel after bathing. It was during this time that people started to refer to it as FUROSHIKI. As trade began to develop, merchants started to use FUROSHIKI with their shop logo on it to deliver their goods. This helped to spread the use of FUROSHIKI into the daily lives of people around Japan.
FUROSHIKI has many uses, therefore it can be found in a range of sizes. The smallest size is 45cm2 and is used to wrap small items. The larger sizes can be more than 2m2 and were used to move heavy objects such as furniture. As there are more convenient ways to move furniture, it is rare to see FUROSHIKI in such large sizes unless it is used as a table cloth or bed cover.
As times changed, the use of FUROSHIKI declined as paper and plastic bags came into use. Due to widening awareness of environmental and sustainability issues, FUROSHIKI is making a comeback. FUROSHIKI is perfect for the three R concept; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.