Have you heard about Furoshiki?
Furoshiki is the Japanese traditional cloth, with beautiful colors and patterns, used for gift wrapping, carrying and transporting various items, and even useful as luggage.
Wrapping items in Japan is a culture that has been loved for many years. In fact, furoshiki is a wrapping cloth that holds a long history in Japan. Its existence gained more fame worldwide in recent years as an eco-friendly bag. Furoshiki is presenting a stylish way to wrap items and works as a replacement for plastic and paper bag.
“How can I use furoshiki to wrap items?” using furoshiki will enrich your awareness for the environmental issue, as well as taking care of items more carefully.
In this article, we will focus on how to wrap furoshiki cloth and other informational details about the furoshiki itself.
What is Furoshiki Cloth?
The world began to take their attention to this tool called furoshiki.
“So, what is Furoshiki?”
As we mentioned earlier, furoshiki is the Japanese traditional cloth used for many purposes such as gift wrapping, carrying and transporting various items, and even useful as luggage. It comes in various sizes, with mesmerizing colors and patterns.
Furoshiki holds a long history in Japan. Wrapping culture in Japan always used with wisdom and care for hundreds of years ago.
But when it was first implicated, the word "Furoshiki" was not known as furoshiki in the beginning. The way the furoshiki was used also differs along with its history. You can learn more about Furoshiki’s History later in this article.
What is furoshiki made of?
Furoshiki can be made with many kinds of cloths, such as cotton, polyester, rayon, silk, and nylon.
In the past, silk furoshiki specially used by important people such as the imperial family and generals. But now, you can use the silk furoshiki for formal occasions or when giving very expensive gift.
Please clean the silk furoshiki with dry cleaning because silk is a delicate material. Please avoid wrapping heavy objects if you are using the silk furoshiki. The rayon cloth, similar to silk cloth, also need a dry cleaning.
The cotton furoshiki, meanwhile, is a light-weight and smooth material. It is easy to clean and has more durability to carry heavier objects. However, please note to separately wash this type of furoshiki with other colored fabrics as it would transmit their color to others.
Other fabrics available:
Rayon furoshiki: tends to wrinkle, has glossiness, please do not use to bring heavy objects (dry cleaning).
Polyester furoshiki: durable, easy to use and easy to wash (washable).
Nylon furoshiki: light-weight, durable and affordable (washable).
Furoshiki available these days are available with many types of fabrics. Please try to use it by all means!
What is the meaning behind furoshiki cloth's color?
Furoshiki can be used for many purposes, and each occasion has its preferable color. The color used in furoshiki are basically the Japanese traditional colors. Learning about the meaning behind those colors will help you choose what color you'll need!
Red and pink owns a bright and eye-catching color. Therefore this color designed for a happy and auspicious events, totally perfect for a wedding gift.
The bright astringent color or a color that closes to golden color is also suitable for happy events. Some furoshiki also make a reversible cloth with red and yellow-ish color.
Green color usually used for funerals. It is said that the light green color, also known as Uguisu or Rikyu, was a popular color in the Edo period.
The cool color such as blue and indigo often used for sad and condolence occasions (funerals). However, it can be used normally for daily errands.
Purple was once a color worn by high-ranking people because it represents longevity with elegant color. Express your gratitude through gifts, or you can use it in funeral and any other occasion.
The plain color shades of brown expressing the modest characteristics of Edo townspeople from the old story. Brown color also has a calming and classy taste on it.
What is Furoshiki Used for?
“Is furoshiki only use to wrap bento box?” some people may have that impression. However, furoshiki is a versatile cloth that can be used for multiple purposes.
If you happen to like gift wrapping, owning a furoshiki at home will be a huge help. Furoshiki’s beautiful and stylish color will surely make gift wrapping more enjoyable. Not only for gift wrapping, but furoshiki is also useful for storing items.
Let’s check what we can use using a single furoshiki!
Wrap Bento Box for School, Work or Picnics
As you know, it’s very common to use bento box in Japan. Wrapping bento boxes with furoshiki will give the elegant yet simple feelings as you bring your own bento box for school, work or picnics.
To wrap bento box, you can try using these methods to wrap using furoshiki:
● Basic Carry Wrap (おつかい包み)
● 4 Tie Wrap (四つ結び)
Wrap Gift for Relative
Gift wrapping is the most common way to use furoshiki. In Japan, people usually use furoshiki to wrap the annual summer gift (Ochugen), the year-end gift (Oseibo), kimonos, etc. The gift wrapped can be cube, cuboid, sphere, or even flat items. Learn how to wrap using furoshiki cloth, here!
Safe Wrapping for Bottles
Furoshiki also useful when you want to wrap wine or sake bottles as a gift. You can wrap 1 bottle or 2 bottle at once.
When wrapping 1 bottle .......... Bottle Carry Wrap 1 (瓶1本包み)
When wrapping 2 bottles ........ Bottle Carry Wrap 2 (瓶2本包み)
Wrap Melon or Other Fruits
Furoshiki will be a suitable tool to wrap heavy fruits such as melon because it is made with cloth. You can easily untie furoshiki and use it for another occasion next time.
Fashionable as Shopping Bag and Luggage
Did you know that the furoshiki bag is trending as a fashion product?
Furoshiki cloth can be a replacement for a shopping bag and even become your luggage. Put your groceries or even small items as you traveling using furoshiki.
How to Wrap Furoshiki Cloth?
Learning how to wrap objects using furoshiki cloth is a great first step. In this article, we will learn 10 ways to wrap items using furoshiki cloth.