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Furoshiki: A wonderful Green Wrapping Art (風呂敷)

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.

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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?

Wine bottles uniquely wrapped using Furoshiki

Wine bottles uniquely wrapped using Furoshiki

Jam jar in Furoshiki. For a fun touch add two small wood spoons!

Jam jar in Furoshiki. For a fun touch add two small wood spoons!

Books are probably the easiest gifts to wrap!

Books are probably the easiest gifts to wrap!

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You can shop for Furoshiki in stores around Tokyo. Roppongi Hills have several stores with a beautiful range of Furoshiki. CHIDORIYA (EDONOREN) on the 3rd Floor specializes in Furoshiki. You can also find them in Bals Tokyo also located on the 3rd Floor. To learn how to use Furoshiki check http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/attach/060403-5.html

CHIDORIYA (EDONOREN) in Roppongi Hills

CHIDORIYA (EDONOREN) in Roppongi Hills

 

 

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