What Furoshiki are made from
Furoshiki is a word that comes from the combination of Furo 'bath' and Shiki 'to spread' referencing its origins to wrap clothing when one went to a public bath house. Traditionally they have been made from silk or cotton and the best traditional makers (many in Kyoto) still make from these materials. In modern times the are also commonly made from Polyester, Nylon or Rayon.
Furoshiki can be single or double sided, with some ingeniously woven to have a single piece of cloth but different colours in each side. It's a lovely surprise when you unwrap to see a different colour inside - adding even more magic to the gift. It also encourages reuse as you can make the wrap feel different each time - even to the same recipient. It's why we make all our ribbon wraps double sided.
But I digress - back to fabrics.
Increasingly Furoshiki are being made with even more eco-friendly fabrics such as bamboo, linen, organic cottons or recycled PET that has been digitally printed. Or using upcycled fabric such as our Upcycled Furoshiki Spring range.
Call me a classist (not really - have you seen our leopard print wrap??), but in most cases my preference is still cotton. Ideally organic. Cotton Furoshiki wraps beautifully enabling lovely crisp and easy folds. And good bunny ears if you can do it! Cotton is also one of the most durable and easy care materials and will last many years of wrapping, bento carrying or even stashing things in luggage.