Are you tired of using traditional wrapping paper for your gifts? Looking for a more sustainable and beautiful alternative? Look no further than the art of furoshiki! In this blog post, we will explore what a furoshiki is, its history, why it's a good choice for wrapping gifts, its sustainability and beauty, and provide step-by-step instructions on how to tie a furoshiki in the Hon Tsutsumi method with a decorative flower knot.
What is a Furoshiki?
A furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that can be used to wrap gifts, carry items, or even wear as a fashion accessory. It is typically made from a square piece of fabric, often decorated with beautiful patterns or designs.
The History of Furoshiki
Furoshiki has a long history in Japan, dating back to the Edo period . Originally, it was used to wrap clothes at public baths, hence the name "furoshiki" which translates to "bath spread." Over time, furoshiki evolved to become a versatile tool for carrying and wrapping various items.
Why Choose Furoshiki for Wrapping Gifts?
There are several reasons why furoshiki is a great choice for wrapping gifts:
- Sustainability: Furoshiki is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wrapping paper. It reduces waste and can be reused multiple times.
- Beauty: Furoshiki adds an elegant and artistic touch to your gifts. The variety of patterns and designs available make it a unique and visually appealing choice.
- Versatility: Furoshiki can be used to wrap gifts of different shapes and sizes. Its flexibility allows for creative and customized wrapping styles.
How to Tie a Furoshiki in the Hon Tsutsumi Method with a Decorative Flower Knot
Now, let's learn how to tie a furoshiki in the Hon Tsutsumi method with a decorative flower knot. This technique is great when you have two items of the same size, like two books, or in this case, two boxes of chocolate. In fact, Hon means book in Japanese and this technique can also be used, with a minor change, as a book bag. For just one book though, we recommend the Yotsu Musubi method to tie your furoshiki.
Follow these step-by-step instructions:
- Place the furoshiki fabric on a flat surface, pattern side down and turn it to a diagonal shape.
- Position your gifts in the center of the fabric, leaving a few inches between them.
- Tuck one corner of the fabric around the gift and roll the gift towards the center.
- Repeat step 3 on the other side.
- Turn the furoshiki so the two remaining corners are left and right.
- Fold these towards the center, crossing them over each other.
- Fold the first box over the second and stand it upright.
- Gather the fabric ends in the center and tie with an elastic band.
- Tuck the ends into the elastic to create two puffs and fan them out to make a flower.
And there you have it! You've successfully tied a furoshiki in the Hon Tsutsumi method with a decorative flower knot. Now you can impress your friends and family with your newfound furoshiki wrapping skills!
Remember, furoshiki is not only a practical way to wrap gifts, but also a beautiful and sustainable choice. So, the next time you have a gift to wrap, consider using a furoshiki and embrace the art of Japanese gift wrapping.