Our custom furoshiki lets you carry 5-20 ropes... stylishly!
You can buy this furoshiki separately... or get it free with an order of 15 or more ropes!
History of furoshiki
Over 1,200 years ago, the Japanese washed themselves in public baths called sentō. However, leaving their clothes in a pile let them get dirty or mixed up with the clothes of other bathers. To keep them separate, bathers began bundling their clothes in square cloths called furoshiki. By the mid-Nara period (750 AD), they were commonly used.
Gradually, furoshiki began to also be used to bundle laundry and goods to protect and transport them.
As their use spread, they also were used to wrap gifts. Unlike wrapping paper, furoshiki are removed and immediately returned to the gift giver; furoshiki aren't considered part of the gift.
We break tradition a little bit - our furoshiki are shipped in packaging to keep them bright and clean. And whether you’ve bought the furoshiki, received it as a bonus, or been gifted it by someone else, we ask that you use it to carry your ropes rather than return it. We hope you don’t mind.
Modern furoshiki are made from silk, cotton, rayon, nylon, and other materials. Douglas Kent furoshiki are made of polyester (a form of nylon) because polyester has better stain, wear, and wrinkle resistance than cotton. Silk is too expensive for everyday use, even in Japan.
Furoshiki are very typically square. Their sizes aren't rigidly standardized, but there are common sizes. Douglas Kent furoshiki are quite large at 70 cm, which we found conveniently held 5-15 bundles of 8 m ropes.
Furoshiki may be tied in many ways, depending on the shape of the object(s) being wrapped. Each furoshiki includes a free PDF booklet of instructions for techniques that are well suited for bundling rope. Click to preview Using Your Douglas Kent Furoshiki.
As you use it, your furoshiki will get dirty. Don't let it bother you! The furoshiki is protecting your rope! And while your rope can't easily be cleaned, your furoshiki is fine with machine wash.
Furoshiki series 2: Orange Koi Beneath Sakura Cherry Blossoms On Blue
Our latest furoshiki takes the classic Japanese woodprint, and gives it a bright, bold, modern look!
This furoshiki features a koi swimming in a pond, beneath sakura cherry blossoms. In Japan, koi fish represent good fortune, abundance, and perseverance; cherry blossoms, renewal and the fleeting nature of life.
Koi fish have been selectively bred in China for over 1,000 years and in Japan for over 400 years. Koi, which we know as carp (and which are close evolutionary cousins of goldfish) have an average length of 100 cm. Although your childhood goldfish may have only lived a few weeks, koi are remarkably long lived, with some living for over 200 years.
Extensive breeding has made koi highly speciated. Varying species come in almost all colors, including white, black, blue, metallic gold, red, yellow, green, and of course, orange.
Our furoshiki is beautifully colored, with amazingly deep saturated colors (that are even more vibrant in person). The blue contrasts the orange and pink beautifully.
Our new furoshiki holds and protects your Douglas Kent rope perfectly, but we'll forgive you if you decide to hang this stylish furoshiki on your wall!
This product includes free worldwide shipping!