This Japanese Art Can Help Save You Money And Mother Earth
It's just like origami, but with cloth
No matter the time of year, it feels good to give presents—especially when your loved ones really appreciate the gift you got them. But what doesn’t feel good is to see all the torn-up gift wrapper that will go straight to the trash bin after the party’s ended. That’s why you should consider furoshiki—the Japanese art of wrapping items with cloth.
The name furoshiki literally translates to “bath spread,” which refers to its original purpose of wrapping up one’s clothes at the sento or public bath. Nowadays, the word refers to both the cloth you use and the act of wrapping up items in it.
The beauty of furoshiki is that you can use practically any square-shaped cloth, as long as it’s big enough to encase your gift. Save money by buying fabric in bulk at Ylaya Street in Divisoria, or reuse the fabric scraps from your upholstery, curtain, or other craft projects.
Get started on your eco-friendly gift-wrapping journey by watching the video below:
And don’t forget to throw in this handy guide with your furoshiki-wrapped present so the recipient can reuse the cloth!
To learn more Furoshiki techniques, check out the workshop schedules at CraftMNL.
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