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At present, one can easily observe a certain fondness for the cultures of Asia, for the way in which cultures such as the Japanese and Chinese have successfully merged their most ancient traditions with a modern and agitated lifestyle.

Personally, as an observer, I have learned to appreciate the respect that these cultures display at mealtime, the way in which amidst long and extenuating work hours, more than once have I had the chance to see office workers take out of their bags or briefcases, novel bundles wrapped in fabric, and that unfolded would transform into a small tablecloth with a set of chopsticks and a bowl of soup, in which they pour whatever hot food they have ordered from any nearby food establishment. In this way and in the middle of their work day, they take the necessary time to enjoy of a hot meal, well prepared and respectfully served in a ceramic bowl, over a fabric place mat that makes them feel like at home. Nothing of those polystyrene plates or plastic spoons, no eating out of the distasteful plastic container the food we bought came in. Is this not a show of self-respect?

The set I now present is my version of these fascinating bundles used since antiquity in China and Japan for carrying food. It constitutes a small individual tablecloth or place mat of 18 by 14 inches, crafted in red and and black calligraphy print on one side and black cotton on the reverse ( the mat is double-sided,) a traditional japanese ceramic bowl in black and red, and a pair of matching black chopsticks with a practical little case in black and red fabric. When artfully tied it can make a small, light, and easy to carry bundle that can be put in a handbag or portfolio; just perfect for eating like at home wherever we are.

My Portable Dining Set: one placemat, japanese ceramic bowl, and chopsticks in bag


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  • Materials: cotton prints, thread
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