The large Furoshiki was likely used to transport bundles of neatly folded kimonos and fabrics. The durable cotton possesses that soft hue of natural dyes. The remarkable craftsmanship and design are reflective of the culture at the time. The characters on the brown portion read “Endo” representing the family name the textile was commissioned by. The characters on the grey portion are renditions of kanji that mean “longevity”, “happiness”, “prosperity”, and more. The stylized kanji ( characters) and overall design resonates with the rich concepts of asobi (playfulness) so commonly found in Japanese culture.
As with all Furoshiki, works like these were not made to be admired as works of art. Yet it possesses the same level of thought, care, and beauty awaiting for a new steward.