Furoshiki: Japanese Gift-Wrapping – Go Green!


Furoshiki is a way of using cloth to wrap presents or to make a bag to carry things in.  The Furoshiki is generally a square piece of cloth used to wrap things up and carry them.  (I believe the word Furoshiki refers to both the square cloth and the style of wrapping things.)

Furoshiki goes back to the 8th century.  Yet it has very modern implications in terms of going green.

This video below shows how to wrap presents using Furoshiki.  What’s great is that it’s reusable and you avoid using all that wrapping paper that gets thrown out.

This video below shows someone making bags and other carrying devices out of cloth using Furoshiki.  What’s great is that it’s reusable and helps you avoid using plastic bags.

Below you can find a chart for showing Common Furoshiki Folding Patterns.

imageClick the link or image above for a larger version of this chart
from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.

Furoshiki.com has more online folding patterns and they sell the fabric.

Many thanks to Linda Austin of Cherry Blossom Memories for pointing this out!

See, how easy it is to Go Green!

Mama Lisa

Photo: Katorisi for Wikipedia

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3 Responses to “Furoshiki: Japanese Gift-Wrapping – Go Green!”

  1. Mich Says:

    Such a neat idea! I’ve posted some ways I use my furoshiki as reusable gift wrap and to make different styles of bag at http://myfuroshiki.blogspot.com/p/myfuroshiki-makes.html Happy eco wrapping!

  2. Furoshiki Forum Says:

    There are also lots of other great and fascinating techniques for folding Furoshiki. You can visit FuroshikiForum.com where we have techniques section and a community for Furoshiki.

  3. Gypsy Queen Says:

    The Japanese Government suggests Furoshiki because it’s smart and simple to use. It’s also eco friendly!

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