Furoshiki Kanzesui(Red) and Shippo(Red) Set, 100% cotton, hand printed, 90×90cm, broadcloth, tote bag, bento-wrap, daily use, thin material, Chikusen, souvenir, gift
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This is a 100% cotton furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth). Unlike crepe de Chine, this is a sheer, yet strong plain woven fabric. Extra attention is paid to the selection of pattern and colour in order to give rich density to the cotton fabric.
It is just the right size to wrap kimonos folded in three. The texture will not be damaged even after washing, so you can enjoy its texture for a long time. The patterns are mostly inspired by those of Noh (a form of classical Japanese theatre) costumes. It is the perfect companion for your trip!
The fabric is made from 100% cotton broadcloth. From amongst the various types of broadcloth, fabric that has adequate tension, sheerness and strength is used. It can be folded into a compact size and tying a knot is easy. Extra attention has been given to make the fabric into a usable product.
Dyeing is done by hand printing. This is a delicate technique that requires the same amount of shapes as colours. It has the allure of dyed goods that is unique to hand-crafted products.
- Kanzesui (pattern depicting swirls of water)
Instead of steps, the design is a simple one in which the kanzesui are printed only by foil, it is characterised by its stable rectangular shape.
- Shippo (pattern of circles overlapping in quarters)
The expansion of continuous patterns going in four directions is considered to be auspicious and carries the joyful name of "Shippo (seven treasures)."
Size: Furoshiki W90 cm × H90 cm, with case W12 cm × D28 cm × H3 cm
The flagship product of Chikusen is cotton yukata—casual summer kimono. However, they also offer edo-komon patterned kimono made of silk and everyday goods, such as tenugui hand cloths and furoshiki wrapping cloths.
Using all original designs, Chikusen produces and sells dyed fabrics using hand-carved paper patterns made with a traditional technique called katazome.
Chikusen's founder is said to have been well connected to writers, artists, and kabuki actors, who loved his taste and style, and regularly used his products.
Advertised by trendsetters of the time, Chikusen's products spread to the public. As they stood out among other yukata, they also spread to the rest of Japan as souvenirs from Edo (modern-day Tokyo) in the late Edo period (1781-1867).
Since its establishment, Chikusen has carried out everything from planning and production to sales. Based on their belief, "create by yourself, sell by yourself," their artisans take the market needs perceived by Chikusen's leaders, put a Chikusen spin on them and apply them to their product designs.
Their devotion to this belief can be seen in three main components that are essential to the completion of their products; their original designs, their materials, and their dying.
They not only use designs inherited from the past but also create new patterns and use materials carefully selected by the company leaders. Artisans with different techniques then cooperate to dye fabrics and make the final products.
While their designs do follow trends, they consistently maintain their principles and apply them to the designs.