Five chic bags inspired by furoshiki wrapping

Designers are taking cues from ancient Japan. Selected by Jessica Beresford

Rejina Pyo leather Nane bag, £475
Rejina Pyo leather Nane bag, £475

The art of furoshiki – where squares of cloth are used to wrap objects or make bags – has been practised in Japan for centuries. Today, however, fashion brands are taking cues from the technique, folding and knotting leather, cotton or silk to create top-handle bags and clutches. From The Row to Rejina Pyo, here are some of the best on the market.

Sleeper linen Bambola bag, $135
Sleeper linen Bambola bag, $135
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Nanushka nylon Inda bag, £323
Nanushka nylon Inda bag, £323

Emily Levine silk-satin Notto bag, £365, from net-a-porter.com
Emily Levine silk-satin Notto bag, £365, from net-a-porter.com
The Row silk Ascot Two bag, $800
The Row silk Ascot Two bag, $800
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