The evening opened up with a chance for guests to mingle, sip on sake and soak in the 88 Regent Street concept store. Shortly after our guest host Tamakurya Boutique eloquently began the workshop with a valuable introduction to the history of Furoshiki and its cultural importance.
Furoshiki was popularised from the intuitive use of a flat cloth to store a customer’s belongings when visiting the bathhouse: Furo – meaning bath, Shiki – meaning spread. The use of furoshiki spread to household use and general carrying for generations to come.
The furoshiki duo, Maurya and Tak proceeded to a live demonstration showing how to wrap different gifts, ties to make a bag, wine carrier and knots for different occasions and functionality. Sneak a peek at a few examples here:
The cosy workshop gave guests the opportunity to see the step-by-step technique and have a go at trying Furoshiki themselves, closely guided by the Tamakuraya duo. This multi-faceted practice of wrapping things with a cloth makes for more beautiful and sustainable alternatives to plastic-lined paper wrappings which would inevitably be used once in the face of the festive season.
“I depend on the multifunctionality of furoshiki: I wear silk scarves in the winter which can easily become a bag..”
Maurya from Tamakurya Boutique
It was a warm, wonderful evening with familiar faces and new friends all REConnecting with each other through the ancient and sustainable wrapping of the Furoshiki technique.
Our ethos is to combine care and prosperity through teaching, learning and celebrating cultural practices. We were ecstatic to welcome Tamakurya Boutique to our concept store and revel in a sustainable cultural practice that we hope to spread here in London.
As a result of COVID-19 pandemic has and the use of single-use masks, over 1.6 billion face masks being discarded in UK landfills every months. We believe protecting ourselves also means protecting the planet. Therefore, 4649.REC has released a free DIY reusable fabric face mask pattern, which you can download and follow to create your own face mask.
Not a fan of sewing? We also have simplified the process with this No-Sew DIY Face Cover Kit, which includes upcycled materials like kimono fabric and elastic bands from our London studio. In this short tutorial video, we guide you through the steps to create your own no-sew DIY face mask. Soon, you’ll want to start using your own upcycled materials to create personalized gifts for your loved ones.
Looking for some inspiration before you begin? You can check out 4649.REC’s upcycled face mask collection. Once you have created your mask, don’t forget to share it on Instagram using the hashtag #myupcycledmask and tag @4649.REC to join the movement to protect ourselves and our beloved planet, one mask at a time.
The pandemic has caused a surge in personal protective equipment (PPE) which has been catastrophic for the environment. 51% of people in the UK use single-use blue surgical face masks. This means every month, 1.6 billion face masks are sent to UK landfills.
In March 2020, Yoroshiku brand launched DIY Face Mask Kit with all upcycled materials from our London studio to give people everything they need to create their own face mask. Through a series of online workshops in partnership with Lone Design Club, we guided people through the process of stitching a face mask.
First, download your free DIY fabric face mask pattern here now. This PDF pattern will help you make your own 4-fold face cover. Simply print it out on A4 paper, grab some materials laying around in your house and get creative.
You can look at 4649.REC’s upcycled face mask collection for inspiration. Once you know how to make these quickly, easily and personalized, you’ll want to make some as gifts for your friends and family. Spread the love by sharing this pattern with your family and friends. Looking for an opportunity to catch up with them? You could organise a cozy afternoon of crafting together online. If you want to take a walk down memory lane, you could ask your loved ones for some of their old garments, which you could upcycle while they tell you about the stories they associate with them.
If you want more help with the process, watch the following tutorial for step by step instructions on how to make your own reusable face mask. When you will be done creating your mask, don’t forget to tag @4649.REC on Instagram and use the hashtag #myupcycledmask to share your project and join the movement to protect yourself, others and the planet.
Before you go out and get back to “normal” life, make your own mask and join the movement to protect the planet one mask at a time. Follow us on Instagram now to stay updated.