Vintage Furoshiki - Kenkatabami & Karakusa -
This furoshiki is made from four cotton fabric panels of extra deep indigo. It is hand-stitched with sashiko thread and bears prints of karakusa (Japanese arabesque) pattern and a kamon called “Kenkatabami (劍片喰),” or creeping woodsorrel and sward .
From south Nagano, approximately 100 years old.
143 x 129 cm / 56.3 x 50.8 inches
Excellent dead-stock condition.
Furoshiki is a multipurpose square cloth and an intrinsic part of Japanese daily life and culture. The name literally means “bath rug.” It originated from the cloth typically used in public saunas in the 15th century. Later in 17th and 18th century Edo (now Tokyo) the cloth usage expanded to be a carry-all of personal grooming items to public bath. To identify one's furoshiki in a crowded public bath, the cloth was personalized by printing the family’s “kaomon” (crest) on it. This became widely popular. Furoshiki gradually came to serve many purposes, from a clutch to go with a party kimono to a suitcase used on a trip.
Due to the nature of vintage fabric, the product may have fades, fabric pulls, wears, stains, small holes or patches. We hope you will enjoy the richness and variation of repurposed fabric.