Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017

Hanoians learn about Furoshiki – a type of Japan traditional

Updated at Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017, 10:08
The Hanoitimes - Hanoians are invited to learn about Furoshiki – a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, and the Japanese art of wrapping at Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam on Jul 9.
Furoshiki – a type of Japan traditional.
Furoshiki – a type of Japan traditional.
The classroom is for junior high school students with Japanese language proficiency equivalent to N5 (minimum), with participation fee of VND 60,000/person.
Furoshiki is a Japanese traditional wrapping cloth that is eco-friendly and mostly used for wrapping gift, carrying goods or just as a décor accessory. The word Furoshiki comes from two different words, they are “ Furo ” and “ Shiki ” meaning “Bath” and “To Spread”. During the Edo period people used Furoshiki as a mat at public bathhouse where before taking a bath they used to put their dresses on it.
People in Japan like using it since it is a unique way to present something to other. Usually, it is made of cotton, nylon, silk, or rayon. A wide variety of design and size are available, so based on your own taste you can choose what design and size you would like to use. This Japanese art has been spread out to many countries such as in Korea where they named it Bojagi.
The practice of using this exceptional art began in the Nara period and widely used until the end of the Edo period. Many traders used to consider it as a handy item. In fact, it was a popular way to protect small piece of goods and thus while travelling from one place to other places they always preferred and depended on Furoshiki.
A piece of furoshiki can be used for wrapping gift boxes, drinking bottles, books, baskets, bento boxes, fruits, backpacks and etc. Even you can wrap flowers or use it as a bandana and belt. 
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