The design features the famous national treasure pain of Choju Giga (Caricatures of birds and animals) from the Kozanji temple in Kyoto.
Anthropomorphic rabbits, monkeys, and frogs, as if they are incarnations of people. They run around on the furoshiki, conveying the life of the time after 800 years.
What's Choju Giga
Choju-Giga are picture scrolls depicting anthropomorphic animals such as monkeys, rabbits, and frogs, and are said to be the oldest cartoons in Japan.
It is said, but not certain, that they were drawn by a famous Buddhist monk in the 12th - 13th centuries. It is still carefully preserved at Kozanji Temple in Ukyo-ku, Kyoto.
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.