Japanese textile designs have definitely been one of the traditions that caught my attention since I moved to Tokyo. I ❤ fabric. The designs, the colors and hues, the patterns, everything is so inspiring! It doesn’t matter whether the material is cotton, silk or hemp; Japanese textiles are an infinite visual fest.
Have you heard of furoshiki? Furoshiki (風呂敷) is a traditional Japanese cloth that when folded using techniques similar to origami, can be used for gift wrapping, carrying things around or simply as décor. Furoshiki was very popular during the Edo Period but the tradition faded in the mid-70s due to the proliferation of plastic shopping bags and other disposable materials. Happily, in recent years, Furoshiki is making a come back for being eco-friendly. In 2006, The Minister of Environment, created a version made from recycled plastic bottles, called “Mottainai Furoshiki” as a symbol of Japanese culture to reduce waste.
So, why don’t you use Furoshiki to wrap your gifts?