The 'Kensho' 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: When I feel lost and need a comfortable go to space that I can call my own, it’s always geometry that has come to my rescue. They say inspiration comes in many forms, mine is from everyday stripes and circles. I see beautiful geometric patterns everywhere, even the cracks on the sidewalks or the zebra crossing on the road, remember? Can you believe that these zig-zag stripes are created by hand? They are so uniformly done, that they can be easily passed off as digitally printed, while the truth is that each is painstakingly placed one after the other, slowly by highly skilled artisans. I watch in awe as Ali bhai swiftly matches them and moves on effortlessly. Somewhere I deliberately wait for him to miss, so it adds that unique charm of imperfection and the stamp that it's a handcrafted labour of love and not mass produced fast fashion.
DIMENSIONS: L 46 cm W 51 cm Strap length 35cm
WEIGHT: 40 grams
COLOUR: Navy on Natural White
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 daysAt 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