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What is Furoshiki Wrapping?

Updated: Apr 15, 2021

Furoshiki is a beautiful art of gift wrapping using a Furoshiki wrapping cloth instead of commonly used paper or wrapping paper. Furoshiki wrapping has found takers across the globe due to its elegance and environment friendliness.

Brief History

The name Furoshiki was applied during the era between 1136 and 1573 called the Muromachi period. During the era, a Shogun named Ashikaga Yoshimitsu built a large bathhouse and invited feudal lords to stay and use the facility. The feudal lords would wrap their kimonos and clothes in a Furoshiki to avoid confusion. Often, this Furoshiki would be adorned with family emblems and crests that would indicate who the clothes belonged to.

This Japanese cloth wrapping technique grew popular as bathhouses became the designated spots for washing, relaxing and socializing. As time rolled by, Furoshiki began to be used for wrapping gifts, books and merchandise.

Today, Furoshiki is a preferred wrapping material among those who care for the environment. Japanese children use them to carry bento boxes and others find this a classy and sustainable way to wrap gifts for their loved ones.

The growing demand for Furoshiki has led to the availability of this piece of fabric on online portals such as anemone and basilic, where you can choose from a wide range of colours and fabrics.

How to Wrap a Gift Using Furoshiki

All you need for Furoshiki wrapping is a Furoshiki wrapping cloth. However, you must make sure that your Furoshiki cloth is square. This gift wrapping fabric is available in two sizes 17x17 inches and 28x28

inches. So depending on the size of your gift, pick out a Furoshiki cloth that can cover your gift completely. Before you get to wrap the gift, here are a few points to consider:

  • Use a reversible pattern

  • The cloth should be thick enough to hold the weight of the gift

  • You can get creative by accessorising the cloth

How to Gift-Wrap Using Furoshiki

The Simple Knot

  1. Spread the Furoshiki wrapping cloth

  2. Place the gift at the centre of the spread. Make sure the corners of the gift sit diagonally to the edges of the cloth

  3. Pull the top right corner of the cloth over the gift. Ensure that the top left corner and bottom right corner are aligned and make a straight line

  4. Repeat the same for the other side

Two Knots

  1. Spread the Furoshiki and place your gift at the centre diagonally

  2. Lift the top left corner and bottom right corner of the Furoshiki wrapping cloth

  3. Tie a knot on top of the gift

  4. Next, lift the remaining sides and tie the second knot

These are the simplest ways for tying a Furoshiki knot. The best part about using a Furoshiki wrapping cloth to enclose your gift is it gives your gift a personalized touch, showing how much you care for your loved one and the environment.

So if you are looking for a handmade Furoshiki for wrapping a gift, check out the collection at anemone and basilic - the ultimate destination for exquisite yet eco-friendly gifts.

Make Gifting Special and Eco-Friendly with a Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth

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