Furoshiki, the Magic Cloth
Do you know why a furoshiki is called a furoshiki ?
"Furo" means bath, and "shiki" is to lay.
It is said that the furoshiki were first used in public baths.
People wrapped their clothes and toiletries in a cloth to bring
to public baths.
There, they laid the cloth on the floor, stood on it, and changed.
But now furoshiki are used in different ways.
Furoshiki are becoming fashionable items.
Colorful and beautiful furoshiki are used as scarves.
Some people use them to decorate their rooms.
Of course, furoshiki are very good for wrapping things, too.
You can use them to wrap things of different size or shape.
With a furoshiki you can carry a big watermelon.
Books wrapped in a beautiful furoshiki make a nice present.
Furoshiki are ecological, too.
You can use them again and again.
You fold a fuloshiki and it becomes very small.
You can bring it with you all the time, so you don't need a paper
or plastic bag.
Don't you want one for yourself ?