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Furoshiki - small, medium, large and x-large
Ambatalia Furoshikis are a simple square kitchen cloth that can be used for a multitude of purposes. Inspired by peoples all over the world using a square cloth to carry personal items. Furoshiki, a Japanese word makes this concept an art form. In Holland its called Pungel and India a Potlu just to name a few. This idea is the foundation of Ambatalia. It's really a way to change the way we think and take action in the world to use less wasteful packaging and plastic, and about how to be resourceful and move towards a non-disposable life. From using a small furoshiki aka napkin for carrying a small bowl of lunch, a medium kitchen furoshiki to carry casserole to a party or gift to a neighbor with a loaf of baked bread and a large household furoshiki to wear as a scarf and then turn it into a bag while shopping, and yes an X-large furoshiki to tie on your bed as a sheet. This concept is our joy and we hope it brings a new way of doing things in your life.
Watch the video to the left to learn how to furoshiki.
Designed and sewn by Ambatalia “The Furoshiki Bed” is the only bedding system of its kind. Inspired by the Japanese art of tying knots in a simple cloth to be useful in a multitude of ways. Our beds are “made” using a flat sheet to replace the fitted sheet inspired by this art form. By simply tying a knot at each corner and tucking it under the mattress this knot will form a pleat at the corner which holds the sheet in place creating the fitted sheet. Furoshiki inspires us to be creative with what we have at hand, to be resourceful by moving towards non- disposable solutions in this overwhelmingly disposable age.
Ambatalia’s Furoshiki bedding is made with a careful selection of authentic textiles: For now, Texas-grown organic cotton, reclaimed Irish linen sheeting, vintage textiles, reclaimed and local plant-dyed textiles to bring color to the collection. All of these fabrics are durable, beautiful, and comfortable and are of critical importance, culturally and environmentally. The design of all the pieces are simple, focusing on the fabrics and the heirloom quality of sewing.
Our bedding is only available in full and queen at this time.
The Ambatalia bentobag is the original bento bag and are a great household staple for someone that wants to move towards a non- disposable life and eliminate single-use disposables in a beautiful way. We were inspired by the Japanese bento box- because of its utility of carrying a lunch in a reusable box, but also Japan's deep roots of creating beauty in the everyday humble ritual of eating lunch.
Of course, since bento bags are a simple bag that ties, you can use them for whatever you want. We hope to inspire you to use them for buying grains, pasta, nuts and produce or using as a lunch and snack bag . You can also use as a bread bag for the table, cosmetics, travel, a project bag or to pick up a few things at the market. We do know that when you change a way of doing something, it feels good to do more. Being a part of the solution to keep all living things healthy and happy is moving in the right direction. To find out more about how plastics affect the health of our ocean life, people, and planet . Please go to 5 Gyres to learn more.
Best to keep a few bento bags in your shopping bag, car, and home for easy use.
Cloth lids are two layers of natural fabric with elastic encased to hold shape on bowls, cups, and jars as an alternative to plastic and foil wrap. Great for fermentation jars, leftovers, bringing food to parties or carrying lunch to work or picnic. Washable and even though they don't seal like plastic, they do a great job of keeping things fresh and are a great step for reducing plastics in our every day. Ambatalia cloth lids come in all fabric and are all lined with natural linen, all reversible. The basics collection comes in a set of 5 sizes and the heirloom comes in a set of three- In each of these collections the sizes are all different. So if you wanted to buy one of each- you would have 8 different sizes to work with.
The Utensil Roll
The utensil roll is one of my personal favorite ideas. It's a smart way to carry your utensils in your bag or coat pocket to avoid single use disposable utensils and straws. It has room for a fork, knife, spoon and a glass straw or chopsticks. Of course, you can use it for your favorite pens or knitting needles as well. Ready for anything - no thank you, sing-use disposables.
Wearables: Clothes That Work
The wearables we design and manufacture come from a desire to support a lifestyle of simplicity. We believe that true style comes from a place within to express yourself in whatever ways that might be- By shopping at thrift stores to buying and supporting beautifully made garments from artist and small collections. We love the idea of creativity, purpose and choosing with a deeper consciousness and connection that reflect fair principles to people and our environment. Yes, we definitely want to slow this fast fashion, disposable train down and move towards a non-disposable life. There is enough education and inspiration out there to develop an authentic style while supporting the people who make our clothes to the fields that grow them. We hope you enjoy our humble slowly growing line of clothes that work.
When you have no more use for a piece of clothing or textile related home goods It's very important where they end up. Unwanted clothes and textiles do not belong in our landfills. Whether you bring them to your local goodwill, thrift shop or charity organization, pass them forward to a friend or recreate something new out of them. Please don't put them into your regular garbage can that ends up in Landfill. In the USA alone, 11 Million tons of textile waste ends up in landfill per year.
Landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 18.2 percent of these emissions in 2014. At the same time, methane emissions from landfills represent a lost opportunity to capture and use a significant energy resource.