A friend arrived at a pot luck dinner a few months ago with a big pot of soup, wrapped in a beautiful cloth. The cloth also served to hold the lid on the pot as she drove across town. What a great idea! I would have put the pot in a box to try and absorb any soup that might spill if the lid came off the top. The cloth is called a Furoshiki. These are used in Japan for many purposes--from wrapping gifts, to carrying items and can also be worn as articles of clothing. I thought it was a great idea, so headed off to San Francisco's Japantown, near the Fillmore district to search for a furoshiki of my own.
First stop, lunch.
Then, we wandered around several places in Japantown Center and the neighborhood. We found furoshiki in many stores--varying in quality, size, design and price. After a few hours of exploration, I decided on two:
Both are beautiful and I have used them to carry things from my home to someone else's. Next up, the grocery store? Here is more on tying Furoshiki. (BTW, I know nothing about this site. Even if you choose to buy your Furoshiki online, I suggest that you also take a trip to Japantown. You'll have fun.