Has the ancient Japanese art of Furoshiki hit your radar yet?
We recently stumbled upon it and we love it!
Furoshiki, it is believed has been around since the 8th century when Emperors' belongings were wrapped in beautiful silks during storage. It wasn't until the 17th century that Furoshiki became more common in Japan, being used to wrap bathers' clothes bundles at the bath house.
In 2006, Japanese Minister for the Environment, Ms. Yuriko Koike, introduced the Mottainai Furoshiki to encourage people to reduce plastic consumption.
Lighter materials such as cotton, rayon, silk or nylon work best for furoshiki but dependant on the shape and size of the item to be wrapped, you can use whatever you have about the house. A pretty but neglected scarf, a cotton napkin, a tea towel, a monogrammed handkerchief or that pretty piece of fabric that hasn't found its calling yet!
If you are planning on sending zero waste gifts this year, why not consider Furoshiki and incorporate the gift into the wrapping. From our range, our linen hand towel by Blasta Henriet is ideal. For more zero waste hero products and useful tips on living sustainably, come and visit us at Anniepooh.
To get your fold on, we'd recommend checking out Ms.River Takada-Capel over at Spoonflower for 6 different Furoshiki techniques.