Furoshiki (風呂敷) are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that originated 1300 years ago during the Nara period. They were originally used to wrap up clothing in public baths so that garments would not get mixed up with other people’s. Obviously, over the years furoshiki have had a bit of time to evolve. In fact, furoshiki are undergoing somewhat of a renaissance right now both in Japan and abroad. And we’re simply loving this adorable reinterpretation, which likens the cloths to various hanging animals.
The clever designs are the work of Cochae, a playful design duo comprised of Yosuke Jikuhara and Miki Takeda. Together, they reinvent various traditional crafts like daruma and kokeshi dolls using concepts of origami, blended with dabs of playfulness here and there.
We love how the hanging animal furoshiki don’t fully emerge in form until they’re fully wrapped. Several of cotton furoshiki are available in our shop.