Furoshiki (風呂敷) are squares of fabric traditionally used in Japan to wrap and carry goods. Originated in the Nara period in the 8th century, Furoshiki gained nation-wide popularity in the Edo period from the 17 to 19th century, commonly used in bathhouses to protect valuable personal goods. Nowadays, eco-conscious consumers around the world are adopting the Furoshiki practice as a sustainable alternative to plastic bags and wrapping paper.
Furoshiki are aesthetically pleasing. Originally tied to personal identities, the Furoshiki cloths used to be adorned with family crests and emblems. A piece of modern Furoshiki cloth is usually colorful with delicate patterns, and doubles as an accessory - a handbag, a backpack, a bento bag, or a gift wrap.
There are multiple ways to wrap with Furoshiki. In this introductory blog post, we are showing two most common methods -
1. To wrap a box
2. To wrap a bottle
Like origami, the Furoshiki practice encourages imagination and creativity. One simple piece of Furoshiki cloth can turn into backpacks, tote bags, book bags, and multiple styles of gift wraps. The possibility is limitless.
For more ways to wrap with Furoshiki, try the following tutorials: