A Furoshiki is a square piece of textile used to wrap gifts or transport clothing, boxes, and other objects. The name Furoshiki (meaning "bath spread") derives from its early association with public baths and is believed to extend as far back as the Nara Period. It evolved into an entire world of decorative wrapping textiles around the Edo Period when rapid urbanization leads to a surge in commerce and trade and the development of a whole art form of packaging.
This Furoshiki presents a Crane graphic with a floral motif to one corner and two objects that I have not yet been able to identify on the opposing corner. The color pallet is a delightful combination of bygone colors, which are coming back these days. Made of Chijimi silk, it is sometimes hard to forget that these were everyday objects, recognized for their utility. Embedded in their fibers are their previous owners' stories and their makers, weavers, dyers, and designers. The textile awaits a new steward to become a part of its story.