Did you know there are shoes named “Furoshiki”? Apparently, “Furoshiki”, the wrapping sole shoes were introduced on June 20th, 2018 by the company Vibram and was awarded with the ADI (Italian Design Association) Golden Compass?!
Well… Ok, it’s just the stylist name for these shoes, but I guess I can see why they named these shoes “Furoshiki” because it literally wraps around your feet like “Furoshiki”.
Furoshiki (風呂敷) are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloths traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. The name, Furoshiki means “bath spread”, derives from the Edo period (1603 – 1868) practice of using them to bundle clothes while at the public baths to prevent a mix-up of the bathers’ clothes.
Later on, the Furoshiki usage extended to serve as a means for merchants to transport their wares or to protect and decorate a gift, etc. There are many sizes, from hand sized to larger than bed-sheets size and can be made of a variety of cloths, including silk, chirimen, cotton, rayon, and nylon.
When plastic bags began being used in Japan, Furoshiki use declined. Furoshiki are still used in Japan to wrap a bento box or to wrap gifts. This art of Furoshiki wrapping is coming back again as environmental awareness increases and many modern furoshiki are designed with contemporary fabrics seeking to appeal to younger generations.
Why not try giving Furoshiki usage a try for the next gift you wrap and include instructions on how to reuse/retie the Furoshiki? The added Furoshiki will complement the gift, and add a personal touch the receiver can pass on or use again and again.
Have a wonderful month,
Board Chair / Executive President