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Furoshiki design wins grand prize in Vietnam

on Friday,March 04,2011 21:03

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Design is a universal field that can make almost anything a little more vibrant and unique. That's exactly what students who competed in the International Furoshiki Design Contest were attempting - to create a single, square piece of cloth called a furoshiki that was decorated with distinctive patterns and colors, according to Vietnam News.

The cloths could be used for wrapping presents, table covers or carrying and storying different items.

The prize went to Phan Khanh Trang, who is a student at Hue Fine Arts College. She created a banana leaf and a red dragonfly on her furoshiki.

"I think there is something in common between a banana leaf, which was used in the past for wrapping by the Vietnamese, and the Japanese furoshiki. That's why I used the banana leaf decoration for a furoshiki," Trang told the news source.

There were 217 submitted entries from Germany, Brazil, Russia, the United States, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Designers generally learn to specialize in different areas. The most important trait that they must possess is an eye for color and detail, according to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2008, they held 618,000 jobs and around 25 percent were self-employed.
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