It’s the most wonderful time of the year, a time where gift-giving is plentiful. Instead of using loads of wrapping paper and plastic bags, this year opt for a more environmentally-friendly, versatile wrapping option. Furoshiki is an ancient Japanese practice that uses a cloth to wrap and transport items. The Japanese Minister of the Environment even promoted the practice in an effort to increase environmental awareness and reduce the use of plastic.
Since that time it has gained a widespread attention in both Eastern and Western cultures as a fun and versatile way to not only carry items but wrap gifts for holidays and other celebrations. All you need is your cloth of choice (and any other decorative elements you wish to finish the wrapping with). Invaluable created this helpful infographic that details 12 common furoshiki wrapping techniques for all different-sized presents. Reference it this holiday season!
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