Furoshiki Design Contest


The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) is organising its first “Furoshiki Design Contest” for art and design students, and accepting applications from 1st to 28th February 2021.

Furoshiki is a square piece of fabric traditionally used in Japan to carry, store, or wrap objects. It is used to wrap items of various shapes and sizes ranging from boxes, bottles, music instruments, baskets to many others. It can also be used as a bag to transport items.

Over the years, the usage and popularity of furoshiki declined as department stores and supermarkets started providing paper and plastic bags to their customers. However, it has regained its popularity as it is environmentally friendly and helps reduces the use of plastics.

With the theme ‘Malaysia + Japan’, this contest aims to unearth and showcase new creative talents in Malaysia through the creation of furoshiki designs that incorporate diverse Malaysian and Japanese cultural elements.

The judges for this contest are:

  • Assistant Professor Dr. Debbie Gan Siew Siew, Deputy

Dean, First City University College

  • Nik Faiz Nik Amin, Founder and Creative Director of


  • Nini Marini, Artist & Creative Entrepreneur

“We are looking forward to see original fusion designs that feature imaginative and unique Malaysian and Japanese cultural combination,” says a statement from JFKL.

Great prizes to be won. Further information on the contest, its Guideline and Entry Form is available at www.jfkl.org.my/furoshiki-design- contest/.

Application period

  • 1st – 28th February 2021


  • ‘Malaysia+Japan’
  • The design should evoke a fusion of Malaysian and Japanese cultural elements.


  • Open to art and design students above 18 years old who are currently studying either in public or private universities, colleges, vocational or any other educational institution in Malaysia (as of 1st January 2021).

Number of Submission

  • Only   one   entry   allowed   per individual.

Application Dateline

  • Designs must be submitted by 5:00 PM, 28th February 2021.


  1. First prize: RM2,500 and certificate
  2. Second prize: RM2,000 and certificate
  3. Third prize: RM1,500 and certificate

Inquiry: furoshikicontest@jfkl.org.my


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