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Wrapped with Love: with Tamakurya Boutique

Masters of the Furoshiki Technique: Rundown

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.

photo credit: Pollobi Ferdousi

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: 

Wrapping a wine bottle carrier
Ma-masubi knot turned bow
Tak & Maurya

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.

While we’re here: 

With that being said, our 88 Regent Street Concept store will be coming to an end on 24th December – so pop by to say #Yoroshiku while we’re here. 

photo credit: Pollobi Ferdousi

In the meantime, if you have missed out on our previous event, you can REvisit our Kimono Talk. We look forward to REConnecting with you 🙏💛

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