Back when I was a kid, when our family went visiting, mom would pull out a large, colorful square of fabric, place one of the delicacies she had cooked up, or a gift she had bought in the center and then fold, twist and tie the material into a beautiful carrying “package.” In Japanese, it’s called a furoshiki. And, I love that this art of cloth wrapping seems to have taken hold as an eco-friendly wrapping option!
While the furoshiki(s) I grew up with were usually cotton or silk cloths adorned with Japanese designs, any thin, easily foldable cloth will do. They indeed make beautiful packaging! And, they’re reuseable for wrapping, carrying, or can be worn as a scarf, making the wrapping part of the gift itself. The bonus: no paper garbage, sticky tape or ribbons to throw away.
Here are a few websites with instructions and techniques for wrapping your holiday gifts. This year, I’ve made good use of the technique for bottles of wine.
p.s. – yes, I know. I continue to appear to be numerically challenged, having skipped all the way to Week 51. Nils and I are still in S. Africa with limited (and excruciatingly slow) internet access. We’ve got lots of photos to share from our Impact Efforts, but the postings of those shall have to wait until we’re back home.