Furoshiki Wrapping

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If I were asked to list 5 crafty things I love to do, one of them would be wrapping presents.  (You'll find out the others in due course !)

At Christmas time, I love to dedicate some hours to wrapping all the presents & try to make them a little interesting.  This year I wrapped the presents we sent home in newspaper pages that I thought the receivers would like to read.  I sent the kids the funny pages, my sister the fashion pages & L's brother in law, the sports page.

However, what I really love to do is wrap presents in fabric (which is usually reserved for birthday presents!).  And this is where the Japanese come in...

Japanese craft, & the culture in general, really fascinates me.  I love Japanese art, illustration/manga, fashion, tradition, geisha's, food & above all fabric!  So here my 2 loves come together in Furoshiki.

Wikipedia's definition is:  Furoshiki (風呂敷, furoshiki) are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that were frequently used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Although possibly dating back as far as the Nara period, the name, meaning "bath spread", derives from the Edo period practice of using them to bundle clothes while at the sentō (public baths;public furo). Before becoming associated with public baths, furoshiki were known as hirazutsumi (平包), or flat folded bundle. Eventually, the furoshiki’s usage extended to serve as a means for merchants to transport their wares or to protect and decorate a gift.

Modern furoshiki can be made of a variety of cloths, including silk, chirimen, cotton, rayon, and nylon. Furoshiki are often decorated with traditional designs or by shibori. There is no one set size for furoshiki, they can range from hand sized to larger than bed-sheets. The most common sizes are 45 cm (17.7 inch) and 68–72 cm (26.7-28.3 inch).

The rise plastic bags has led to a decrease in use of the furoshiki but now as we are more aware of the environment, use has increased.  Furoshiki are commonly used to wrap and transport lunch boxes (bento) and often double as a table mat for the lunch. I can also see another benefit in the fact that scraps of fabric could be used to together & used, thus reducing waste.

In addition to saving the planet, you can also bask in the knowledge that you are actually giving 2 gifts in one.  If I would be given a present wrapped in Furoshiki, I would be thrilled with both the present & the wrapping.  I could use the fabric again for...well, almost anything.  Or simply use it again on a present I give.  Wacko, as my Dad would say.

So hence forth, another new years resolution for me:  I would like to wrap each present using furoshiki this year plus carry my lunch to work in a wrapped work of art!

Now i just have to practice wrapping.  Below is the basic wrap instructions care of the online store, aptly named, Furoskiki.  But I also like the Flower wrap, Rabbit wrap, hand carry bag, 4 bottles wrap & the Plant wrap.

Plus check out this video on Recycle Now.

Perhaps, the person in this you tube video could have employed the same techniques!


Basic Wrap

place item in the center of Furoshiki

bring corner b up and over, covering the item and tuck underneath,bring corner d up and over covering the item

pull corners a and c together

tie corners a and c into a sqaure knot, tuck corner of d underneath

Photos from kyotofoodie.com