The Gifted Blog

March 21, 2011

Furoshiki Week

If you're new here, I thought I'd take the opportunity to share one of my favorite gift wrapping ideas. And if you've seen me write about these before, I have a few new stories up my sleeve for you! It's Furoshiki Week at The Gifted Blog!

Furoshiki are Japanese wrapping cloths. Literally translated, furoshiki means "bath spread". They are thought to have originated in the Edo period, when patrons visiting the public bath would bundle their belongings in a square cloth while enjoying a nice soak.

One of the best English-language sources for furoshiki tutorials is Chewing the Cud, maker of beautiful, modern fabric wraps like the ones pictured here. Take a peek here for clear, tastefully presented instructions for gift wrapping with furoshiki.

All this week I'll present different ways to use furoshiki in your gift wrapping practice. It can seem daunting to some (maybe because of the unfamiliar name), but once you look around, you'll find that there are materials you can use for wrapping with cloth everywhere! Visit tomorrow for an international version of furoshiki I'd never seen before a reader e-mailed me.

And if you've missed them, you can see all posts about furoshiki on The Gifted Blog here. Enjoy, and see you soon!

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{Images via Chewing the Cud: 1, 2}


  1. Hi,

    I've been following your blog for a while and love your ideas for gift wrapping. I usually handmake most of my gifts and I like the outside of my gift (the wrapping) to be just as original as the inside (the gift itself). Thank you for sharing all these great ideas and for inspiring us all to better present our gifts.

  2. @Paula - Sorry for my tardy reply! I was so glad you commented - I know I have many long-time readers that I'm not that well acquainted with, and it's always nice to hear from you. Thank you so much for your kind words...hope you're having a great day!


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