The 'Kouyou' Resuable Furoshiki Bag
Beyond fair wages, 10% of our profits are re-invested in positively impacting the livelihoods of artisans that made your product.
The design of our traditional Japanese Furoshiki bag is based on the art of folding a handcrafted square piece of cloth, that is then stitched together, offering a sustainable take on modern day plastic carry bags. Imagine origami, but simpler and more useful. The understated Japanese design makes the cut for just about any occasion, be it lunching with friends or grocery shopping. It is an environment friendly alternative to paper and plastic bags, creating a beautiful amalgamation of portability with craft. This light-weight tote is a classic shopper designed to carry anything from books to lunchboxes. The straps are an extension of the hand block printed fabric that can be neatly knotted on the top adding a beautiful accent to the minimalist design. The length of the strap can be easily adjusted, making it extremely versatile. There’s just no wrong way to wear it!
INSPIRATION: Nature has always been a huge part of me; be it a dried leaf in my backyard to some damp foliage after the rains, I just can't get enough of it! Even when I go for my early morning walks, I am busy stopping every few yards collecting fallen leaves, conjuring up patterns in my head and creating mood boards. It sets the perfect tone to start my day! That's the reason we chose the name "Kouyou' for this pattern, which means 'Changing leaves' in Japanese.
DIMENSIONS: L 46 cm W 51 cm Strap length 35cm
WEIGHT: 40 grams
COLOUR: Hand Dyed in Deep Navy and Block Printed with Brick Red
Variations in colour and texture are hallmarks of dyeing and hand block printing in small batches.
DYES: Azo-free non toxic dyes
SHIPPING: 14 - 21 business days
At aeshaane, we invite everyone to slow down and cherish garments that are made slowly and deliberately by artisans. After all, 'Things of beauty have no fear of time'! Free Worldwide shipping on all orders.
RETURNS & EXCHANGES:
Made to order fashion: Each piece is specially handcrafted for you, thereby reducing waste, since items are not produced in advance. Please check the Return/Exchanges policy
Our Furoshiki bag is a completely handmade artisan product, crafted by our weaver Radhakrishna from Bengaluru and hand printed by artists Deepak, Ali bhai and Bachchu. Besides earning a fair income from their work, the artisans also have a sense of belonging, a place that they can call their own, that gives them a life filled with love, pride and dignity, where they can benefit from being together as a community. From hand dyeing to block printing, the processing is labour intensive and can take several days to make. Meet the makers here.
At aeshaane, our artisans have
- A safe and flexible working environment
- Encouragement to use their own creativity
- Ability to work remotely or from home
- Integration into an uplifting community
- Dignified work where their voices are heard
- Options to participate in workshops and other training programs
WORKSHOP: These zero waste cloth bags are handmade at aeshaane's in-house workshop in a small village in Bengal, India where our artisans share our values and produce in a fair way. We celebrate all that is slow, ethical and does not harm the people, animals or planet. To know more, click on Behind the scenes.
MATERIAL: 100% Organic cotton
This cloth is hand printed combining the expertise of artisanal hands with more than a decade of experience, ethically produced 100% Natural cotton fibre and aeshaane's contemporary hand block prints, thereby making duplication nearly impossible.
HANDFEEL: Extremely light-weight and airy. Lined with an additional layer of soft cotton adds to the durability and functionality.
ORIGIN: "The majority of organic cotton is grown on small-scale farmlands in Erode, a small district in Tamil Nadu, and because you're not using synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, you don't need to use as much water", says our weaver Radhakrishna in Bengaluru, Karnataka who regularly purchases this 100% organic cotton yarn to weave the fabric.
We help you take good care of your purchase. With a little love and care, your cotton bag will last longer. We celebrate re-use, swapping and encourage you to repair whenever possible.
- Gentle hand wash separately with mild washing liquid
- Do not rub, agitate or soak
- Drip dry flat in shade
- Gentle steam iron inside out
- Each purchase comes in a recycled cloth bag