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"Ebisu" Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth

"Ebisu" Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth

Unusual Color Combo

Regular price $25.00
Regular price $30.00 Sale price $25.00
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  • Ships from NY
  • One-of-a-kind
  • Sourced from Japan

This listing is for a vintage Japanese furoshiki - a very handy, sturdy, multi-use cloth in Japan.  Higher quality (usually silk) furoshiki are traditionally used as gift wrap; more casual versions (often cotton) are used for shopping, transporting goods, or storing seasonal bedding. These days furoshiki are popular as upcycled grocery totes or to carry whatever we used to carry in a non-recycleable plastic bag. For a short history of furoshiki, watch the video below.

This furoshiki is definitely faded (evenly) from age - giving it a bit of charm beyond the imagery.  That plump, happy fellow tallying his accounts with an abacus is Ebisu, god of fishermen and wealth. Note the fish and fishing pole in the foreground.

In the other corner is a small white oblong, possibly meant for a name stamp or family crest of the gift-giver.

Furoshiki are typically about an inch longer on one side than the other. This one was likely created with a stencil.

Length: 35"
Width: 34"
Made In (Estimated): 1960
Condition: Excellent
Fiber: Cotton
Technique: Stencil, Katazome
Colors: Blue, Cream
Motifs: Fish, Figure, People, Mythology


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