Christmas wrapping, chez moi… furoshiki

2 gifts for women friends

2 gifts for women friends

Rumpole asked me to acquire a gift for his business partner, a woman who loves artisan made objects. Her gift is in the smaller silk scarf wrapped box. he is pleased with how festive it looks. I found the scarf for $1 at a second hand shop, washed and ironed it and in less than two minutes fashioned this wrapping – furoshiki style.
The second, taller object, is for a woman friend – an artisan made vase of glass. I inserted it into a tall box and wrapped it within a polyester scarf found in a second hand store for .98 cents.
There is no tape anywhere on these gifts. Also, they need not have labels, as the material for both is so unique that memory serves to know for whom the gift is intended.
This year, all my gifts are to be wrapped in fabric, sans tape, and so far I have yet to obtain any material that will be discarded by the recipients of the gifts. I hope the idea carries forward, and friends and family adopt a method which is sure to be economical, aesthetic, ecological and adaptible for all manner of presentation of goods.

Since all of my presents are either artisan-made or consumable ,we will not have added to the vast amount of goods circulating this Christmas, and will not have supported an out of neighbourhood economy.

The Japanese Government has a web-site for methods on furoshiki wrapping. I think it is a brilliant concept. Trust the Japanese to come up with a concept that is so eminently practical and beautiful.

5 Responses to “Christmas wrapping, chez moi… furoshiki”

  1. Deborah Barlow Says:

    Gorgeous G. Thank you for the words and the images.

  2. canadada Says:

    Great idea.

    We’ve ‘hoarded’ wrapping paper for years, and recycle it for the next year. Ribbons & bows too. To be sure the ‘pieces’ get smaller and smaller, cuz we do clip off damaged or unsalvageable (is that really a word?) taped bits …
    but again, THIS idea of yours is a good one. Practical and pretty. What a concept!!! Season’s Best to you G.

  3. MadSilence the older & wiser Says:

    The Japanese government encourages its people to preserve the old craft skills that are rapidly being lost. Furoshiki lends itself to re-gifting, re-use and recycling.

    http://madsilence.wordpress.com/2008/11/23/diy-christmas/

    http://madsilence.wordpress.com/2007/09/26/the-art-of-%e5%8c%85%e3%81%bf-tsutsumi/

  4. dowhatyoulove Says:

    Very beautiful way of wrapping, and so practical to! I am doing gift baskets, so I dont have to wrap the items, and then the baskets can be reused many times for other household needs. I am trying to give all handmade by me or other local artists this year. Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  5. suburbanlife Says:

    Deborah – I am having great fun wrapping all the presents in second-hand store scarves bought with different individuals in mind. It’s a bit like hunting. 🙂 G

    Canadada – Have an enjoyable season, you and yours all.
    I have tried to retrieve used wrapping paper for years, but wearied of chivvying folks to take care in removing wrappers. besides which they mostly rebelled. I hate waste! G

    Mad Silence the older and wiser – yes – the Japanese government encouraging the population to retain traditional craft skills is a wonderful thing. They sure value the unique character of their culture much more than Western cultures do their own. Although the Japanese have adopted mechanization from the Occident, they have retained their love of the beautifully hand-wrought production. I am a long time Japanophile. G

    dowhatyoulove – yes, the basket idea is wonderful and amazingly useful in reuse. Don’t you find it fun to ferret out the local artisanal productions – there are local craftperson treasures in every community, and it is great to provide the means for these artisans to keep plying their craft. Have a great Christmas Season. Put a nice bow on your beutiful little chinchilla? G

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