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Tradition To Go

Thanks to Japanese designer, Chie Kanayama, the traditional concept of Furoshiki (a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) has been reinvented for the 21st Century.

These mulitpurpose carriers are made from durable, rip-resistant polyester, and they're reversible, so you can choose which of two bold colors you want to display. They fold origami-like, around your gear, or roll into a pocket-sized bundle when not in use. They can also open to be completely flat when you need a clean surface to sit on! The smaller size is great for carrying your lunch, and has interior pockets for your utensils. The larger bags can be carried over the shoulder, with interior pockets for your cell phone or wallet, and can tote your books, gym clothes, or whatever you need. Made in Japan.

Small $30: 20.5" L x 20.5" H x
Large $55: 39.4" L x 39.4" H

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Community Voted
Item ID
21263
Made from
polyester, magnet
Measurements
Small: 20.5" L x 20.5"W
Large: 39.4" L x 39.4" W
Notes
Care: dry clean recommended. If part of the bag gets dirty, use a soft sponge and a neutral detergent to gently clean it.

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Q and A

When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

536votes, 93 comments

Marisa, UncommonGoods

A lovely morning in the park! I've got a good book, H20, munchies, music, and as soon as I sit on the grass - wet pants. Thanks, dew! Would Chie Kanayama's multipurpose carrier cover all your needs and assets?

Jess
Vote: Thumbs down!

The idea itself is very interesting although the fact that it's a Japanese item made in China is very off setting. The price is a bit high and I'm not sure if heavy items would be suitable for a bag held together by magnets

Lisa
Vote: Thumbs down!

What if you are traveling and you need just one item? Do you have to unfold the whole thing?? I like the traditional bag but it just doesn't seem as practical as a regular bag that you would just throw your things in and go.

Kristi
Vote: Thumbs down!

The concept is interesting, but I just can't vote for something made in China.

ivonne
Vote: Thumbs up!

It seems like a great bag, however, not sure I'd pay $55 for it. I'd keep it around $20.

Jennifer
Vote: Thumbs up!

Little pricey. I'd pay more around $35-40 for large.

Karen
Vote: Thumbs down!

waay too expensive

Lynn

made in china?

Jane
Vote: Thumbs down!

Make in USA

Lisa
Vote: Thumbs down!

crazy high price - heres many similar products on etsy for 10 dollar range

Kelly
Vote: Thumbs down!

Made in China? How "uncommon" is that?

Jill
Vote: Thumbs up!

Appealing but not clear if there are straps to carry "over the shoulder," and the price would need to come down.

Sue
Vote: Thumbs up!

This is cool and really useful, would make a great gift. Alas, it too is made in China.

Becky
Vote: Thumbs down!

Seems cumbersome when wanting to access a small item

Tara
Vote: Thumbs down!

I like the idea of it but not sure how it would work with heavier items and the price seems a bit high.

Dawn
Vote: Thumbs down!

Price is too high and it's made in China. Who knows what it's really made of?

Mary
Vote: Thumbs down!

made in China= nada

Ann
Vote: Thumbs down!

Once again made in China. A Japanese designer's product produced in China. Weird.

Amanda
Vote: Thumbs up!

cool, but too pricey

frderica
Vote: Thumbs down!

No thanks, China.

Amy
Vote: Thumbs down!

Really cool and unique, but seems a bit pricey.

Jessica
Vote: Thumbs down!

Make it in the U.S. and keep price around $20 and I'd buy.

Laura
Vote: Thumbs down!

I love the product, but make it in the USA, please!

taca
Vote: Thumbs down!

way too expensive!

janie
Vote: Thumbs up!

face it, you wouldn't be able to afford the goods you own if most of it was not made in china. even things "made in the USA" probably are made mostly of parts and textiles manufactured in china. don't dump on china for being large and productive and willing work for cheap. dump on the general public for wanting "more for their money". you want it to be made in the USA, you will pay for union workers or minimum wage laborors to piece it together.

stephanie
Vote: Thumbs down!

seems that everyone has too many bags as it is. why wouldn't you just use one of the 50 free ones you got from a business?

Audrey
Vote: Thumbs up!

The design is neat and it is a functional, yet unique, item. I love it, however I don't love the suggested price.

Amanda
Vote: Thumbs up!

Hmmm...after all the anti-China sentiment in the last one, I find myself able to ignore it here...

SANDEE
Vote: Thumbs up!

price seems a little too high but I like the concept

Darcy
Vote: Thumbs down!

Cool idea but too much $$, and I'm not into buying more stuff made in China.

Judy
Vote: Thumbs down!

Nothing novel or a bargain... Pedestrial item.

Sharie
Vote: Thumbs down!

china

Rebecca
Vote: Thumbs up!

expensive

Jane
Vote: Thumbs down!

Where do you put all your things when you fold it flat to sit on it?

Karin
Vote: Thumbs up!

Pricy especially since reusable bags such as at grocery stores are going for $1-$2 and can be used for multiple different uses.

Brianne2008
Vote: Thumbs up!

little expensive, though.

Jane
Vote: Thumbs down!

I love how there are so many people that are opposed to things made in China. Its a good sign. Now if retailers would just catch on and stop considering things made in China ...

Jean
Vote: Thumbs up!

A bit expensive for what you're getting

Wendee
Vote: Thumbs down!

Made in China??? The price is really high,

michelle
Vote: Thumbs up!

I would buy it if it was cheaper.

Sheri
Vote: Thumbs down!

Please feature products made in USA - will even pay more for products made in USA

Natalie
Vote: Thumbs up!

I like this. Very eco friendly.

Angela
Vote: Thumbs up!

I wouldn't pay more than 30 though

Keshia
Vote: Thumbs down!

It's a good idea, but its made in china! Why can't more things be made in the US!?!? Oh and the price is a little high

Kimberly
Vote: Thumbs down!

New Year's Resolution....ONLY USA made products for myselft, for my family

Melissa
Vote: Thumbs down!

I can't tell you how many re-usuable bags I already own - and certainly none costs $55! Wayyyyy too high!

Kate
Vote: Thumbs up!

Price seems a little steep but looks like a great product

Kim
Vote: Thumbs up!

Price seems a bit high, but it's a neat idea.

Henry
Vote: Thumbs down!

Larger bag looks too big and would be unwieldy and bulky to carry with a decent load without banging into others or or other things.

Jenny
Vote: Thumbs down!

love the concept, but way too much money

Kim
Vote: Thumbs up!

Great Idea, although maybe priced $10-$15 too high

Alisa
Vote: Thumbs down!

This could be easily made in the US... And definitely would have to be for a lower price. And how well will the magnets hold it closed?

Kendall
Vote: Thumbs up!

I like that it has multiple uses, folds flat so its easy to pack in existing luggage should you require an additional bag.

CLAUDIA
Vote: Thumbs down!

To pricey. I would just use a tote I have.

Christine
Vote: Thumbs down!

Too fussy. I can only imagine a wealthy older woman using this.

Christi
Vote: Thumbs down!

I don't see anything exciting about another bag. It reverses colors. Big deal. I'd rather have a structured bag with lots of built-in pockets to keep me organized than a shapeless bag. It appears to be wildly overpriced for what it is. And it's made in China.

john
Vote: Thumbs down!

they've made a very simple item ( a bag) complicated. and the price is crazy high

Wendy
Vote: Thumbs down!

Like the green aspect but don't think it would carry heavy things with just magnets and might pose a travel hassle with magnets - think I'll stick to the many reusable shopping bags I have received for free.

Marsha
Vote: Thumbs down!

Why is everything made in China?

Lee
Vote: Thumbs down!

Great item! BUT way too expensive. All of your prices seem high!

kat
Vote: Thumbs down!

Too much $$ and not enough info on how well it stays in place when put together.

Mary
Vote: Thumbs down!

Too costly. Japanese made in China?

Georgia
Vote: Thumbs up!

i really love the concept but the price is way to high and i would never pay 55 bucks for this item no more than 15 dollars cuz you could make one for alot less than 15 dollars

janet
Vote: Thumbs down!

again...it's made in China!!!

Mirella
Vote: Thumbs up!

I think these are cool but overpriced.

Heather
Vote: Thumbs up!

I'm laughing at just about EVERYONE who is laughing at an item designed by a Japanese Designer...It's a product that is ALREADY being manufactured! It's a brilliant product, but just NOT for some people. I like the aesthetics of it and I love packing bento. I love useful and storage items that fold down and store themselves and ARE very multi-purpose.To the "ONLY in the USA for my Family" person? Have fun without ANY electronics, OR media and a LOT of things.Good luck finding medications ONLY made in the US as well.It's WRONG that the US makes almost NOTHING here anymore, it's alarming...But you've oversimplified it.

Karen
Vote: Thumbs up!

I like this item, however I feel the price is a little too high.

Jennifer
Vote: Thumbs down!

love the concept, but would have to change my behavior patterns, and for that price, wouldn't want to risk that not happening!

Katie
Vote: Thumbs down!

Bag seems like a cool idea, but the price is too high.

Ls
Vote: Thumbs up!

looks cool. Convenient too. Who cares, USA is made up of people from different countries anyway.

Elise
Vote: Thumbs down!

This might be the kind of item that you really have to see in action to appreciate it's usability. Also, $55 is way too much for rip resistant polyester from china no matter how ingenious the design

Sarah
Vote: Thumbs down!

It's a cool idea, but it seems like a LOT of money to spend on a bag that is basically just a sheet of polyester held together by magnets.

Jennifer
Vote: Thumbs down!

It's a new twist on reusable bags but I already have too many other reusable bags as do most people I know

Barbara
Vote: Thumbs down!

Lots of bags out there... these are expensive compared to others I've seen.

Britney
Vote: Thumbs down!

The price is too high, and I would use snaps instead of magnets - magnets tend to come apart when under stress - so heavy objects might fall out and the whole bag could come undone when walking or running through a crowd or onto a subway

Tracy

would be even better if made from recycled materials.

Brooke
Vote: Thumbs up!

A little expensive but a great idea

Lacey
Vote: Thumbs down!

I'd never be able to get it to fold right...

Deborah
Vote: Thumbs down!

yeah...like everyone else, this should not be too difficult to find made in the U.S. and at a better price.

Elizabeth
Vote: Thumbs up!

a little expensive

Lora
Vote: Thumbs down!

Either a lower price or US manufacture. Also, need a better idea of how this can be used. The pictures aren't enough.

Tricia
Vote: Thumbs down!

Not sure if I like the idea, and the whole Japanese made in China concept. Bizarre.

Elena
Vote: Thumbs down!

I like the design but you should get both bags for less than $55.

Natalie
Vote: Thumbs down!

Much easier, cheaper, and cuter to fold a piece of fabric for an actual furoshiki

Darien
Vote: Thumbs down!

Way way too expensive considering the number of reusable bags that are already available.

Leslie
Vote: Thumbs down!

Too expensive and not made in the USA

Ashley
Vote: Thumbs up!

decent price as well.

MaryJo
Vote: Thumbs down!

If I paid that much for a bag, I'd have no money left to buy something to carry.

Maria
Vote: Thumbs down!

Very cool design, but it seems like I could make this at home with whatever fabric I want for A LOT cheaper.

Liz

I agree with Jess

sally
Vote: Thumbs down!

very high price for a bag.

Vickie

Sorry - won't purchase if made in China!

david

Buy a yard of fabric for $5.00 and be done with it.. hard to improve onthe original furoshiki concept. And NO MORE CHINA

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