The furoshiki is a traditional boxy cloth from Japan used to wrap and transport everything from clothing and gifts to glass bottles.
Furoshiki's name comes from "furo" which means "bath" and "shiki" which means ceremony. The tradition dates back to the 14th century, when the Japanese began using public baths called "sento." traditional japanese baths where attendees used this system to wrap their belongings. Over time, its use spread and it began to be used by merchants to protect their merchandise.
Currently this form of wrapping is made of different types of fabrics, including silk, cotton or nylon. The technique is very popular in Japan due to its delicacy and above all for its ecological benefits. Their designs and techniques are a reflection of different styles, places and historical times as well as the different crafts of Japan. Each Furoshiki has a meaning, it tells a story without the need to add words.
In recent years, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment has carried out some campaigns to promote the use of furoshiki today, in order to protect and care for the environment in Japan and around the world.
There are 500 varieties of knots to be applied in the art of furoshiki. We show you a couple of furoshiki options so that you dare, this Christmas to wrap your gifts in a more beautiful, delicate and sustainable way and become aware of plastic consumption and reduce the waste we generate, especially plastics.