Furoshiki is a square piece of fabric. It is a Japanese practice to wrap or transport items. You can use Furoshiki to wrap gifts, wine bottles, books, groceries or just about anything. Furoshiki is made of high-quality natural fabric, making it versatile, durable, and reusable. It is a much more sustainable alternative compared to traditional wrapping materials such as plastic coated gift bags and boxes.
You can say goodbye to plastic bags when you pack your lunch using small Furoshiki. It's easy to wrap odd-shaped objects (like bananas, basketball, sneakers, etc.) using Furoshiki because it's made of fabric!
Japanese Furoshiki wrapping is a simple, fun, beautiful, and eco-friendly way to wrap things for gifts and travel!
People in Japan started using Furoshiki at around 710 B.C to transport items. During this time, it was often used to wrap valuable items in shrines. During the next period (Heian Period; 794 to 1185), it was mostly used to wrap clothing.
The name Furoshiki came during the Muromachi Period (1135 to 1573). The Shogun ordered to build a large bathhouse in his castle. He invited the feudal lords to stay and enjoy the facility. While they bathed, they left their kimonos in wrapped in Furoshiki. The name Furo (bath) Shiki (spread) came as many stood on the fabric while drying after bathing. Furoshiki were marked with family crests and emblems, making it easy to distinguish the owners.
Soon Furoshiki was widely used by all Japanese as public bathhouses became a place for people to socialize and relax.
At Wabi Sabi Shop, we carry Furoshiki in three sizes.
SMALL The small ones are 48 x 48 cm (18.9″ x 18.9″) — a perfect size for wrapping your snacks or lunches. It is a great size to wrap wine bottles, books, or smaller gifts. You can also wear them as a headband.
MEDIUM They medium ones are 68 x 68 cm (26.8″ x 26.8″). You can wrap gifts that are the size of a shoebox. You can use it as a belt, bandana, purse/bag, scarf, or hat.
LARGE The large ones are 90 x 90 cm (35.4″ x 35.4″). It is big enough to wrap small appliances, pillows, or basketballs. Wrap it around your body to keep you cozy.
How to Use Furoshiki
Image Credit:Japanese Ministry of the Environment