This square linen wrapping cloth was individually hand dyed in Tokyo, Japan by Hagiwara Ichizo of Saratetsu. Saratetsu is a third-geneneration family-owned company that has been in existence since 1910. Remarkably, Saratetsu is the only company in Tokyo specialized in wrapping cloth to still utilize the time-consuming, traditional method of yuzen dyeing. Yuzen is a dyeing method that uses traditional rice husk resist.
This butterfly pattern was revived from a collection of vintage stencils that was found in Saratetsu’s extensive library of designs. Only one of this furoshiki was dyed to test the combination of colors. Butterflies are symbolic of joy and rebirth.