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How To Do Japanese Gift-Wrapping
In Japanese culture, gift-wrapping can be as important as the gift
Japanese-style gift-wrapping, called tsutsumi, uses paper and cloth to create simple but elegant wrappings for gifts, presents and packages. Furoshiki refers to using a large piece of cloth for the wrapping. These techniques are perfect for birthdays, holidays, weddings, or even everyday marketing and shopping. They also support and promote recycling and recycled goods.
Trying to figure out wrapping paper with these methods gets really easy, as single sheets of paper work well to not only wrap most common items, but that's exactly the sort of paper size that is best for reuse. Go for thicker, handmade papers which will hold up better to multiple folds and creases. Or try a furoshiki, a cloth wrap.
Gentle colors and contrasting accents are often hallmarks of Asian gift-wrap but there are occasions or styles where you will see bold colors and vibrant patterns. Although you do get a lot of red for good luck and blessings.
Here is some history, links and videos providing information and tips so you can create these fantastic but simple works of gift-wrapped art for yourself! Learn how to make your wrapping more eco-friendly, find a few ways to skip the tape and make the wrapping as memorable as whatever you are giving inside.
Folding & Wrapping in Japan - origata, origami, tsutsumi and furoshiki
These different actions, all of which manipulate paper or cloth without any cutting, can be used for tsutsumi. The Japanese have a history of economical use of both cloth and paper, and the lack of cutting distinctly sets it apart from European/Western techniques.
If you like the ideas of using recycled wrapping paper, or moving away from the use of desposable paper for packaging, you should give tsutusmi a try!
- The concept of wrapping: origata and tsutsumi
The concept of wrapping: origata and tsutsumi. There are many techniques and schools for wrapping, but basically Origata, or the art of gift-wrapping, is the action of folding paper without cutting it.
- The Japan Forum
When giving gifts or sending presents, it is customary in Japan to accord special care not only to the contents but to the way a gift is wrapped and the wrapping itself.
- h2g2 - Origami
Origami is the name now given1 to the art of folding paper. The term itself comes from two Japanese words, oru meaning 'to fold', and kami meaning 'paper'. As an art form, and a hobby, it enjoys worldwide popularity with people of all ages and from a
- Furoshiki - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Furoshiki are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that were frequently used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods.
Tips and Hints for Japanese Gift-Wrapping - instructions and guides
- Wrap Artist
Akiko Keene, 62, Japanese gift wrapper, interviewed in the Washington Post
- Holiday Wrap - Exceptional Gift Wrap Ideas--Japanese Style
You can practice simple and elegant ways to fold paper to create original, personal and dramatic gift wrapping this holiday season.
- How To Do Japanese Gift-Wrapping
Japanese-style gift-wrapping is an art, but it is easy, fun and helps keep our planet greener with recycling.
- Washi Paper
We supply you Japanese traditional paper 'Washi' from Japan.
- The Japanese Paper Place - Retail and Wholesale Supplier of Fine Japanese Papers
The Japanese Paper Place stocks and distributes, in wholesale and retail, over 2,000 different Japanese papers around the world.
Furoshiki - Cloth Wrapping - the bath cloth gets reborn
Traditionally, furoshiki was a square "bath cloth." You used it to carry your bath items and fresh clothes to the public baths and you carried your wet bath items and former change of clothes home. A very precise but simple method of tying produces a neat carrying bundle.
Furoshiki can be large or small, silk or cotton, plain or fancy, but their main defining characteristic is that they tend to be square.
The use of this type of personal carry-all is something that is being encouraged in Japan as a way of reducing the many tons of plastic trash produced just by shopping bags in that country annually. I think of this as a great companion to a European string marketing bag for people who like to use cloth or resuable bags. The string bag can hold larger items and a furoshiki works for smaller items when doing small errands and grocery shopping
- In Focus: How to use "Furoshiki" [MOE]
This incredible PDF is from the Japanese government. They are encouraging the use of furoshiki as a way of reducing the trash produced by the use of plastic bags. Fourteen different ways of using the furoshiki (cloth) to tie tsutsumi (wrappers) are s
Furoshiki is a square piece of cloth, whose name literally means "cloth for the bath." It came into wide use in Edo period (1603-1868) in public bathhouses for spreading on the floor while undressing and for wrapping bathing articles. In other words,
- TextileArts.net textile and fibre art resources - at a tangent>furoshiki
Collected articles on Furoshiki
About Japanese Gift-giving Etiquette
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The exchange of gifts is an accepted custom in Japan. The gifts do not have to be expensive. Modest gifts with the logo of your company will suffice. Take care, as well, to choose respectable gift-wrapping. It is important that the gift does not incl
- International Gift-Giving Protocol - from the Netique Gift Boutique
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- Gift Wrap
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