The holiday season is approaching and that could mean lots of wrapping. At open house on November 3rd, we will have some hands-on Furoshiki Wrapping practice!
What is “Furoshiki”? – Furoshiki (風呂敷) are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts or other goods. It is said that this square-shaped piece of cloth had already been used in the 700’s, originally used to store important goods. The terms to call this type of cloth changed several times according to how it was used. The term “Furoshiki” came to be used during 1336-1573 period. A Shogun (lord) in this era installed a large bathhouse in the residence and often invited feudal lords from the entire country. At that time, furoshiki that contained kimono displayed the family crest so that its contents could not be mistaken for someone else’s. It is also said that bathers dressed while standing on cloths after taking a bath. The term “furoshiki” formed from “furo” meaning bath and “shiki (shiku)” meaning spread. In the Edo period (1603-1867), the general public came to use furoshiki in the public baths to carry a change of clothes and their bathing accessories. This custom then spread, so that soon the owner of a bookstore would wrap books, or a textile dealer would wrap clothes, and then they could go out for their business.
Now Furoshiki is used for fashion, interior decoration, grocery bag, gift wrapping and more. It makes an elegant and lasting alternative to wrapping paper. It can be a square-shaped scarf or just a piece of fabric you have at home to wrap the gift.
Come join us to practice this traditional Japanese (and eco-friendly!) way to wrap the presents, or even bring your own fabric with a gift you wish to wrap!
Also available in the historical Mukai house are:
– Joy and Heartache exhibit – Vashon’s 125-year Japanese American Legacy (the storyboards moved from Vashon Heritage Museum in May).
– Tsuru (crane) folding – the Friends of Mukai are collecting cranes for a future Tsuru for Solidarity action and in support of #neveragainisnow. To read more, click here. All are welcome to stop by to fold some cranes and/or drop off pre-folded ones during the open houses.
Mukai Farm & Garden is located less than a mile west of Vashon’s town center. Come to tour the property, view the revived garden and the other work happening to restore it to its former significance, and to learn about Mukai history and the Vashon’s Japanese Americans’ history.
Open house on Sunday, November 3rd, 1-4 pm.
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