you wrap your gifts like an artisan, spending time and putting
attention to the littlest creases to make sure everything is perfect? Do
you do it quick, wrapping the gift just enough to hide it from plain
view? Or do you even know how to wrap a gift at all? In any case, the
Japanese art of furoshiki is for you.
What is furoshiki?
Furoshiki is a Japanese wrapping cloth
traditionally used for covering gifts or transporting food, clothes,
and other objects. Its use as a wrapping material is believed to have
come from the practice of tying furoshiki to clothes to prevent mix-ups
in the onsen or hot spring. It soon became a popular mode of carrying a
lot of other things besides clothes. Over time, the word has also
evolved to become an umbrella term for the process and the techniques of
wrapping objects with furoshiki.
has changed a lot since its beginning hundreds of years ago. While they
have retained their square shape, they now come in varying sizes,
ensuring that you can carry virtually anything—books, bento boxes,
groceries, bottles, and even flowers. You can also choose from different
materials. They even come in different designs if you want to be
What do you need for furoshiki?
its core, furoshiki is all about convenience. It is very handy. As
such, you don’t really need a lot of things to get started on it. With a
little patience and enough practice, you will definitely master it,
Here are some of the things you will need for furoshiki:
the art of furoshiki uses a square piece of fabric. Today, it is
possible to find furoshiki of varying sizes, from ones the size of a
handkerchief to others that are bigger than bed sheets. They are also
made from a selection of materials, including cotton, silk, nylon, or
rayon. Choosing the right fabric will depend on the effect you want and
what kind of goods you will be wrapping.
furoshiki come in a spectrum of colors and designs. You can pick
plain-colored or patterned ones. You can also opt for ones that are
printed with either traditional or modern designs. There is practically
something for everyone.
has long been used for wrapping a wide variety of goods. They are ideal
for wrapping even objects that are spherical or irregularly shaped.
This puts the art at an advantage over more popular wrapping materials
such as wrapping paper. Do not be scared of using furoshiki for
potentially messy goods as you can just wash the fabric when it gets
you don’t need anything besides cloth for furoshiki. If you want to add
a little more personal touch though, you can always add clasps, ties,
clips, and handles to your work. These accessories come in all shapes
and sizes so there is bound to be something that suits your taste. Not
only do they make your gift look pretty, the handles make them easy to
is so easy that even beginners can do it. That, however, does not mean
that you can do it in one try. You might need to be a little patient to
figure out the best way to fold the fabric or to tie together to ensure
that your goods are secured while looking presentable.
How do you do furoshiki?
there are defined ways to wrap certain objects with furoshiki—you can
easily find them online—it doesn’t take that much strategy to actually
accomplish it. Just spread your cloth on a flat surface, place your
goods at the center, and then pull the edges or corners of your cloth
together to wrap your gift. You may also fold the cloth to accomplish
this. Tie the cloth together to secure your goods. Make sure that your
goods are well-covered and are easy to carry.
the art of furoshiki may be hundreds of years old, it has many handy
applications for the modern world. Its many benefits and its simple but
beautiful results definitely make it worth mastering.