Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
Furoshiki: The Art of Cloth-Wrapped Packages
My aunt frequently gives us gifts wrapped in cloth. It began with tea cozies, then scraps of fabric. We reused one of her larger gift wraps as a table cloth. She buys them at a thrift store. Little did I know this practice has a name: Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese method of wrapping objects (and more recently, gifts).
Little did she know, too. My aunt says she got the idea from an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Wait, what? My aunt is a geek? Can anyone name the episode?
Anyway, here is the video that inspired this post (despite the static image, it’s not all about wine):
The above tutorial comes to us from Recycle Now. It strikes me that anyone who has a crafty person in the family (my wife) also has bins filled with useless scraps of fabric (in our closet) that the crafty person has been hoarding for years and refuses to part with. You (I) might as well put them to good use.
It seems by-the-book Furoshiki involves specific folding techniques with specific fabrics and results in an easy-carry handle. But heck, a knot is a knot and kids don’t care. Be sloppy if it means less paper waste.Â I bet toddlers will have more fun playing with the cloth wrap on Christmas morning than any “real” toys you bought.
Hey, now that I think of it, a 3-year-old friend gave my 4-year-old daughter a gift wrapped in a pillow case at her birthday party earlier this year that he and his grandmother made together. Hmm.