Wrapping and Tying: A Journey into the Heart of Japanese Culture

Wrapping and Tying: A Journey into the Heart of Japanese Culture

Hello, everyone!


Today, we at Musubism want to explore the traditional Japanese arts of wrapping and tying. These practices aren't just central to our furoshiki but are deeply rooted in Japanese culture. Doesn't that make the furoshiki feel like a truly special fabric?


When you think of Japan, you think of the kimono! Literally a "thing to wear," understanding the process of wearing a kimono is to understand wrapping and tying oneself within it. Unlike Western garments, kimonos lack buttons, zippers, or hooks and would simply fall off without their ties. This is true for the undergarments worn beneath the kimono as well, all layers meticulously secured with cords, each adjustable to fit perfectly. These ties vary in name, thickness, and material, but ultimately, they all tie together—quite literally!


And of course, there's the obi, a sash that is tied beautifully at the waist and secured with an obijime cord, inspiring a sense of readiness and resolve to tackle the day ahead. By dressing in a kimono, Japanese people have traditionally geared themselves up in the morning, setting their intentions for the day, and at day's end, they would express gratitude to the garments that enfolded them, as they carefully folded their kimonos away.


Nowadays, the complexity of wearing a kimono daily has led to fewer people adopting this practice in everyday life. However, everyone has their unique rituals for gearing up for the day, like commuting to work, where the journey itself helps switch on their mindset for work.


In its simplicity, the act of careful wrapping is essential. It makes you realize that furoshiki isn’t just a piece of cloth; it embodies the very essence of Japanese culture. What feelings do you wish to convey through your gifts?


Embrace the elegance and thoughtfulness of furoshiki in your life. Whether you’re wrapping a gift, carrying your essentials, or simply adorning your home, let each fold and tie connect you more deeply with the rich tapestry of traditions that furoshiki represents. Let's keep these beautiful traditions alive and wrapped in our daily lives and reflect your authentic self!



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