These colorful fish banners are flown over houses with sons in the family on Boy's Day, May 5th. Blue and white seigaiha (overlapping waves) pattern borders top and bottom. ("Koi" means carp and "nobori" means banner.)
Just under 20" square (50cm) and 100% cotton. New, not vintage.
Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths, used even today when presenting gifts! And yes, the recipient keeps the furoshiki.
These days - with recycling and "repurposed" accessories trending everywhere, "green" buyers can quickly convert a furoshiki into a handy tote to use at the grocery, at school or anywhere you need to carry things neatly. No handle needed! Check out the samples in the photos or visit the blog in the caption for more wrapping ideas. Great for home decor, table covers, or quilting projects, too.
By the way, furoshiki comes from furo, which means bath in Japanese and shiki, which is something that is spread on the ground. Long ago, furoshiki were used to carry clothes to and from the public bath and were spread on the bath house floor to stand on while changing.