HCMC to host Japanese eco-cloth workshop

A workshop on the ancient Japanese wrapping cloth known as Furoshiki will be held in Ho Chi Minh City March 11-12. Organized by the city’s Japan Foundation, the event is free and open to the public.

The ancient Japanese cloth known as Furoshiki, used to wrap or carry items, is both eco-friendly and multifunctional
The tutorial aims to teach people about how Furoshiki can be used as an innovative, decorative way to help protect the environment by using the cloth to carry and wrap items instead of plastic bags.

Eco-friendly, multi-purpose Furoshiki thus promotes caring for the environment by reducing waste. Frequently used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods in ancient times, the material is folded much like origami around its contents.

Modern Furoshiki, often decorated with traditional designs, can be made from a variety of materials including silk, chirimen (traditional Japanese heavy crape cloth), cotton, rayon, and nylon. Such versatility allows almost anything to be wrapped or carried in the cloth, regardless of its shape or size, and without contributing to environmental waste.

The workshop, led by Furoshiki expert Ms. Handa Hiroko from Japan, will be held at the International Convention Center (31 Le Duan Street, District 1). Visitors will also have the chance to learn more about Japanese culture and the history and development of this ancient art.  
The tutorial will accept up to 25 guests per session and a phone booking is necessary.

For further information or to book a reservation, please contact the Consulate-General of Japan in HCMC at (84) 083 839 6238, or the HCMC Union of Friendship Organizations at (84) 083 914 2570.

By Truong Son

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