A Cute Furoshiki with cats suggested as the fifty three old stage of the Tokaido road.
The design is a work by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, an ukiyoe artist known for his love of cats. This caricature replaces the inns that appear in the fifty-three stages of the Tokaido road with jokes in various forms of cats.
What is Ukiyo-e?
Ukiyo-e is one of the traditional arts of Japan, originating in the Edo period (1603–1868). It features woodblock prints depicting scenes from urban life, kabuki theater, landscapes, and beautiful women. Renowned artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige contributed iconic prints, influencing Western artists like van Gogh and Monet during the 19th-century Impressionist movement.
Furoshiki is a square piece of cloth or fabric traditionally used to wrap and or to transport items for over a thousand years in Japan. The first furoshiki was used during the Nara period (AD 710 to 794). While the name has changed, the form has been handed down without much change. It is a traditional Japanese cultural item created by the thoughtful wisdom of the Japanese people.
Furoshiki usage declined in the post-war period, in large part due to the proliferation of paper and plastic bags available to shoppers. In recent years, however, it has seen a renewed interest as environmental protection has become a greater concern.
Nowadays, Furoshiki is used in many different ways. You can wrap and tie each corner to suit the size and shape of the contents within. In this way, it is very useful to carry items. It also has become increasingly popular for gift wrapping.
It is light, compact, washable and reusable. It can be used in so many ways!!
We can’t wait to share all our ideas of how to use them with you. Furoshiki will become a MUST have in your sustainable living lifestyle.
Made by Yamada-Sen-i
Yamada sen-i Co. was founded in 1937 as a manufacturer of Furoshiki. The company has produced hundreds of different Furoshiki using various dying and weaving techniques and has been focusing on promoting the use of Furoshiki in everyday life.
The name of its Furoshiki brand “MUSUBI” comes from “born(生す/musu)” and “beauty(美/bi)” in Japanese. Additionally, “MUSUBI” means “a knot” and “to tie” MUSUBI produce and sell hundreds of different Furoshiki using various dying and weaving techniques such as double-sided dying.