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Furoshiki Japanese Wrapping Cloth

Updated on December 7, 2012

Cloth Wrapper for the Bento

The furoshiki is a large piece of cloth used to wrap bento boxes. Of course that is not it's only purpose. This Wrapping cloth is also used as a shopping bag, gift wrapper and all around tote. The Fursohiki is versatile because of it's simplicity. What is important is the ability of the user to fold it into different shapes for different uses.

The Japanese Environment Ministry has been promoting the use of the Furoshiki as a green alternative for gift wrapping. They've even created the Mottainai Furoshiki (pictured here) which It's partly made of recycled plastic.

Wrapping Cloth folding - video tutorials

It's easy to learn the art of Japanese cloth wrapping. Watch the videos and learn to fold your own furoshiki. Remember though that there many other ways to fold this cloth and many other things you can wrap beside bento boxes.

In the Folds - Japanese Furoshiki folding instructions

These sites will teach you how the furoshiki is wrapped around a bento box and other items. All of these Japanese wrapping cloth instructions are easy to follow.

Folding Instructions from the Japanese MOE - learn to wrap with furoshiki

Ministry of Environment Japan Furoshiki Diagram
Ministry of Environment Japan Furoshiki Diagram

This is the instructional diagram from the site of Japan's Ministry of Environment. They've made the instructions easy to use by creating a step by step diagram for folding furoshiki. The instructions are pretty comprehensive and covers a wide variety of package shapes. Thankfully, they have one with english text even if they are not needed to learn the folding techniques.

Learn more about Traditional Cloth Wrapping - Japanese gift wrapping

Furoshiki Cloth - Looking for a Bento Wrapper?

Here are some examples of commercially available furoshiki. Designs range from the starkly simple solid colored cloth to very intricately printed scenes. Look out for those water repellant cloth furoshiki. I think they'll be handy in damp weather.

Japanese Cloth Wrapper for your Kawaii Bento - Buy your Furoshikki here

Getting hold of Furoshiki Cloth is easier now. Many merchants and artisans have taken to the internet to offer some very stunning works. There are many Japanese companies that offer furoshiki online. Unfortunately, non Japanese speakers may have trouble with some of the sites. The good news is that even Ebay and Amazon feature furoshiki cloth. For one-of-a-kind works you can also try handcrafting sites such as Etsy. You'll find a lot of amazing fabrics for wrapping.

Furoshiki Galleries - Inspiration an Ideas

Links to exhibits and displays featuring Furoshiki and Furoshiki Artisans.

Make your own Furoshiki - For the DIYer

I realized some people don't just want to fold cloth around bento. For the crafty individual, I'm collecting some ideas and advice for making your own Furoshiki wrapping cloth. Now, you can customize your bento experience even further!

Write your own page for The Kawaii Bento Club

Bringing bento enthusiasts together to share, discover, teach and learn the adorable, edible art of creating nutritious boxed lunches with a playful twist. We are reinventing the way we feed our kids and families by preparing healthy, homemade food, making it cute and packing it in reusable, eco-friendly containers. Lunchtime has never been this much fun!

You can even make money from the pages you make, to help build your bento stash!

Totally for free.

Lens Trivia

SquidAngel bikerministry blessed your lens Furoshiki Japanese Wrapping Cloth.

Thanks so much!

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      ricber 4 years ago

      Ive been exploring for a bit for any high quality Cloth Wrapper for the Bento posts on this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this web site.

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      This is my newest craft adventure. Blessing on your great lens. I'm off to make some great creations from cloth and scarves.

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      unqedomain 6 years ago

      I am also curious why they use cloth for folding their food the japanese and Korea now I know thank you for the info....

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      khael 6 years ago

      @anonymous: That's a good question and should make for some interesting research. Thanks for that intriguing question.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is there any relationship to the kind of gift a package is that would denote what kind of fabric design to use? For example: would you use a particular design for weddings but not for birthdays? Would you use the same cloth when grocery shopping as a gift?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you very much, Khael, for featuring myfuroshiki in such an interesting article!

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      khael 7 years ago

      Thanks for the kind words Mich. I've placed a link to your blog because I find your furoshiki prints interesting.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great furoshiki article. Larger furoshiki can also be folded and knotted into a variety of styles of bag - and then unknotted and reused again. I've posted some of the ways I use my furoshiki here Happy wrapping!