Furoshiki wrapping cloth printed with the ukiyo-e woodblock print: 'Three Beauties of the Kansei Era'.
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ARTIST: Kitagawa Utamaro
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) is an ukiyo-e artist active in the Edo period. He is known to be the master of bijinga, images of courtesans and female beauties. He influenced the European artist, specifically impressionists, in the 19th century for his use of light and shade and the partial view in his works.
About the Print
The subjects of this work are the three famous beauties at the time: Takashima Ohisa, Naniwaya Okita, Tomimoto Toyohina. It was said that becoming the subject of Utamaro's work was a status, as well as a way to become popular.
The beautiful textured pattern of the Sumidagawa® brand furoshiki adds elegance to the print.
SIZE: About 48 x 48 cm
MATERIAL: 100% cotton
TITLE: 「寛政三美人」 'Three Beauties of the Kansei Era'
ARTIST: 喜多川歌麿 Kitagawa Utamaro
Washing instructions: Please handwash in lukewarm (30˚C / 86˚F) water, or dry clean. Use hot iron on the back side to straighten.
Used for centuries in Japan, the furoshiki, is used to wrap various items from boxes, to your lunch, and is very often used as a bag. Strong and versatile, it is an environmentally friendly option to disposable bags. Learn to fold the furoshiki in 14 different ways!
(Source: Ministry of the Environment, http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/attach/060403-5.html)