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Mashu’s Silk Furoshiki
Japanese Must Use?
Date:18, Apr, 2016
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Furoshiki are a type of Japanese wrapping cloth. The Shōsō-in has held furoshiki which was utilized for wrapping dress of bugaku (Japanese traditional dancing music). It means Japanese already used them in the Nara era.

“Mashu” is a furoshiki brand produced by Baba-sen Factory in Kyoto. They were built in 1913 and all of their silk furoshiki are woven by Yamatou Weaving Factory established in 1833. Do you think “Though long-established factories are great, it sounds not greater than furoshiki history?”



Shochikubai (Pine, Bamboo & Plum)
Made from Silk
Size: 68cm×70cm
Price: 8,640 JPN (tax in)



If so, you can get what I mean. It is true they are great as succeeding to the old technique from ancient days. That is not the main subject, but. Before everything, the most important is we Japanese have DNAs including history of furoshiki for sure. Over millennium, we have been familiar with the cloth.

After the WW2, the victor nations have pushed their egoistic values onto us. They have forced Japanese into mass production, mass consumption and mass waste. Now, we almost have plastic bags for wrapping something.



Suzuran (May Lily)
Made from Silk
Size: 68cm×70cm
Price: 8,640 JPN (tax in)



As mentioned above, however, our DNAs correctly have furoshiki. The cloths are not belonging to the throwaway principle. Also, there are various ways to wrap with furoshiki and then, we can express ourselves or respect for others.

Their silk furoshiki are solid and tough although touch and feel so tender. Why not try to rediscover ancient culture with “Mashu?”


mashu kyoto (Japanese)




 

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