Miyai Furoshiki and Fukusa Gallery

Having learned some wrapping techniques, many visitors marvel at how useful and practical wrapping with a furoshiki is!

Taking a flesh look at the familiar tradition of “fukusa” and “furoshiki”

Miyai was founded in 1901 as a wholesaler of fukasa textiles. And, the company has always worked to keep designs and uses of furoshiki (cloth wrappers) and fukasa (silk cloth, some pieces used for covering gift) abreast of the times. And, to support product development and preserve the techniques, Miyai have collected more than 3,000 pieces of reference material over the years. So, as part of the company’s celebration of its centenary, a gallery was founded in the Kyoto head office, to exhibit those pieces to the public as the Miyai dyed textile collection that is owned by each successive company president. And, to show the collection, the gallery stages three planned exhibitions every year, each a unique opportunity to see furoshiki and fukasa patterns as well as the wrapping culture of Japan.
Visitors to the gallery may, as options, wish to view a DVD on the use of furoshiki and the etiquette of giving and receiving gifts in Japan or participate in a lesson on the many ways that cloths are used to wrap objects.

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photoFukusa cloth, Shimadai, embroidered silk satin

Fukusa cloth, Shimadai, embroidered silk satin

photoA wrapping cloth from India

A wrapping cloth from India

photoView inside gallery

View inside gallery


Is it true to say that the use of furoshiki is unique to Japan?

Address 510 Koiyama-cho Muromachidori Rokkaku-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku
TEL 075-221-0381
FAX 075-221-0397
URL http://www.miyai-net.co.jp
Hours 10:00 ~ 17:00(entry by 16:30)
Closed Sat, Sun, Nat Hols
Adm ¥500, wrapping lesson & DVD viewing separate charge of ¥500 (reservation required)
Access A 5-min walk from Exit 22 and 24 of the Subway Karasuma Line Shijo Stn/A 5-min walk from Exit 22 and 24 of Hankyu Karasuma Stn/A 3-min walk from Karasuma-Sanjo Stop of City Bus/A 5-min walk from Shijo-Karasuma Stop of City Bus

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