This striking orange/navy patterned Furoshiki Cloth has been created with a special reversible processing technique known as Isa Monyo. Both sides share the same pattern but feature different colours. This Isa Monyo series proudly displays unrivalled techniques in traditional Japanese craftsmanship. These traditional cloths are used for everything from picnics, to food shopping, wearing as an apron or gift wrapping.
Furoshiki refers to both the Japanese cloth and the art and/or technique of wrapping goods and gifts in it. Dating from circa 700BC, the technique was primarily used to wrap important goods and treasures found in Japanese temples, later being used to wrap clothing.
Over the centuries the art of Furoshiki developed to reflect Japanese culture’s reverence for nature, the environment, and its resources. Creating a beautiful, reusable, and almost infinite system for wrapping and carrying, all from one square of cloth. The magic with Furoshiki is that it can be tied to make useful bags for groceries or in multiple inventive ways to gift wrap picnics, bottles, yoga mats, boxes; the art of Furoshiki is almost endless. Its practicality is made even more attractive by the tradition of exquisite pattern design.
We stock a range of both classic and modern Furoshiki pattern design. These beautiful clothes make an exquisite gift in themselves but used to wrap a bottle of wine, plant pot or box they are a gift within a gift. We stock Furoshiki cloth made from cotton and linen, in a wide range of patterns and sizes.
Iris” is reminiscent of the early summer. One can enjoy the contrast between the blue-purple flower and swift white running water.
The Isa monyo Research Institute was founded by the late Kunio Isa. At present, A number of patterns and designs from the Showa period 20’s (late 1940’s), have been recreated using the traditional techniques of those times. These patterns are exquisite charms for modern design.