No wastage, creative wrapping
Whatever your gift giving reason or season, paper wrapping is a common choice but it can be wasteful and plastic wrapping is often not recyclable. Now there’s a great new creative option for you to consider when wrapping your gifts.
This year, why not try using fabric as a new way of packaging your presents? It’s a unique way to wrap that adds a personal touch to your gift. And best of all it’s reusable. If you were planning to give a shirt, scarf, tea towel or something similar for Christmas, why not try using the gift itself as the wrapping?
The Japanese have used cloth for wrapping for centuries. The furoshiki is a square cloth that was traditionally used for wrapping valuables of the emperors, clothes for the nobility and clothes at public baths. Its popularity spread when merchants started wrapping goods in the cloth for easy transportation and using decorative techniques with the cloth. The popularity of the furoshiki diminished after plastic bags were introduced in the post-war period, but furoshiki is still used by many as an alternative to modern wrapping.
Wrapagami is a great book by Jennifer Playford with easy-to-follow furoshiki techniques to wrap presents of any shape and size – from bouquets to wine bottles. The Wrapagami book is available to purchase online from Amazon and Dymocks. You could even purchase the book as a gift and wrap it using a beautiful vintage scarf – imagine the possibilities!
Here’s one of Jennifer’s furoshiki techniques in action:
You can also purchase furoshiki wraps from online stores like Etsy or create your own using leftover fabric.
There are also many DIY instructions available online, such as this one from Furoshiki.
And we love this infographic from Carryology.