Furoshiki Japanese Wrapping Cloth
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.
- How to Use Furoshiki
Japan's Ministry of Environment tutorial on Furoshiki folding
- Layers of Meaning
post about the author's discovery of furoshiki
- Furoshiki website
online store, community and tutorial center for cloth wrapping
Ever wonder when the cloth goes left-over-right or right-over-left? Find out here!
Folding Instructions from the Japanese MOE - learn to wrap with furoshiki
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.
- Ping Magazine
article on an exhibit in Creation Gallery G8 in Ginza, Tokyo
- Maeda Importing
The company site has a gallery.
Blog site for myfurioshiki.com. This was a tough call, that is, I couldn't figure out how to categorize the site. The owners sell furoshiki but there is a lot of interesting information and a helping of inspiration. They make their own designs too. R
- Japan Foundation Article
A piece about the work of artist Shumei Kobayashi using traditional resist dyeing on furoshiki.
- Furoshiki History
from Information Japan. If you want to know what kinds of fabrics are used in Furoshiki they have that in this page.
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
You can even make money from the pages you make, to help build your bento stash!
Totally for free.
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