21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Originally used in traditional Japanese public baths during the Edo Period (possibly even as far back as the Nara Period) to bundle clothes into, Furoshiki (bath spread) is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that was frequently used to transport goods including clothes and gifts. Over time, merchants as well began using Furoshiki to transport and protect their wares.
Furoshiki can be made of silk, chirimen, cotton, rayon, and nylon, among other textiles, and comes in a large number of traditional designs and sizes. Furoshiki can be used for gift-wrapping, food shopping and even as clothing. And being highly resistant, reusable and multipurpose, it is an ideal, environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags or wrapping paper. The beauty, versatility and usability of Furoshiki has seen it gain popularity with people around the world, who are coming up with ever more inventive ways of using it. You can now find people using Furoshiki as hand and shoulder bags, table cloths and picnic mats.
By public transportation
The Karakusaya Furoshiki Store is a 5-minute walk from either Shijo Station (on the Karasuma Subway Line) or Karasuma Station (on the Hankyo Kyoto Line). The stations are connected by an underground concourse.