Back in the times of Edo (1603-1868), when Japan was run by the shogun and their samurai from the city that would become Tokyo, Nara was famous for a type of fabric called Nara-sarashi. Meaning "Nara bleach," it refers to a special way of weaving (by hand, of course) and dyeing hemp fibers. The Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Nanto Saijyo Fukin Dishcloth is a superb example of this traditional craftsmanship, brought to you by a shop whose history also goes back to the Edo period.
Although it is intended for use primarily as a cleaning rag thanks to its very absorbent and quick-drying properties, the Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Nanto Saijyo Fukin Dishcloth is big enough (55 x 55 cm, 21.6 x 21.6") for a range of other uses, including even decoration: its weave gives it a beautifully rich texture that makes it an excellent gift choice. The Japanese love to gift things that can be used in everyday life and this is a perfect example of such an item – and one that taps into a craft with a long tradition!
Specs and Features:
- Traditional Nara-sarashi (bleached fabric)
- Dimensions: 55 x 55 cm (21.6 x 21.6")
- Highly absorbing, quick-drying
- Material: 100% hemp
- Handmade in Nara by traditional store Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten (est. 1716)