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Jul 10, 2008

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap


As we make efforts to practice a "greener" lifestyle, here is a great idea for wrapping gifts with flair, imagination, and reusable materials. It involves the Japanese art of Furoshiki.

Shibori Omiyage
Uploaded on April 15, 2008 by glennisd - Flickr.com*


Furoshiki.com has this to say: "Originating from Japanese culture where it promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste, furoshiki is the eco-friendly wrapping cloth. Using techniques similar to origami, it can be used for gift wrapping, grocery shopping or simply as decor. Choose from a wide variety of sizes and designs to complement your lifestyle.'

"Why furoshiki? It is reusable and multipurpose. Each year billions of plastic bags end up as litter; reusable bags, such as furoshiki can help reduce the impact to our environment. Its versatility allows you to wrap almost anything regardless of its shape or size."

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The younger Japanese generation had considered this art to be passé, that is until communities became more conscientious about reducing waste. Furoshiki is now enjoying a resurgence of popularity, interpreting beautifully into handbags and purses.

I have often used scarves, bath linens, and fabric scraps to create wraps that make a statement. One of my favorite uses of furoshiki is to wrap guest favors in a functional cloth dinner napkin.

Since pre-sewn or homemade furoshiki wraps require an investment (full price or discounted), I like to insure that the fabric will be perpetually forwarded. If the recipient has no interest in recycling the cloth, I politely ask for permission to reuse the wrap for a future gift.

Furoshiki Links:
* Shibori Girl explains that "omiyage" means "gift" in Japanese. The above photo shows a silk pillow filled with lavender and wrapped in a mini shibori furoshiki. The embellishments include a jeweled button at the center and a silk shibori ribbon flower.

6 comments:

Beverly said...

I'm glad to see that this concept is experiencing a renewal in popularity. I always try to wrap my gifts in something that has been or can be repurposed.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Gosh girl! You are too smart. I can't sit by you. Actually...YEAH, I'm sitting by YOU!
How many languages do you know? Are you Octolingual? Is that a word? Can I phone a friend?

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

How wonderful! It looks pretty and can e reused! Thanks for stopping by. IIt seems I haven't had time to blog lately, but summer has been good!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

I am very aware of all the plastic bags that heavily impact the environment & try to recycle anything that I can!
I really hope this old idea becomes new again!
Hugs, DebraK

Mary Isabella said...

What a wonderful idea. Thank-you for posting this...Have a great weekend....Mary

Sally Ann said...

What a great idea,it is often easy to pick up cut offs of fabric I will look for them in future.
Thanks