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Furoshiki – Green, Earth Friendly Re-usable Wrapping Cloth

Updated on April 22, 2014

Unusual Wrap for a Gift

This fabric box with a handle might make the receiver very interested in the contents!
This fabric box with a handle might make the receiver very interested in the contents! | Source

Environmentally Friendly

What a fantastic way to benefit the earth, the environment, and yourself!

The Japanese art of wrapping anything in a reusable piece of fabric, often a square, is the trendy way to present gifts. The word is pronounced close to "f'-ROHSH-kee," and in my book it’s pronounced “Brilliant.”

The squares are hemmed on all sides, so they do not unravel during use and re-use. Generally, they measure from 17 inch (43 cm) to 41 inch (105 cm) squares. Also, in Japan they tend to use a patterned cloth. However, any cloth that suits your fancy will do the trick.

Benefits to the Individual

Reusable cloth – saves money

Washable re-usable cloth - clean and safe for one’s health

Aesthetic joy – choose colors and patterns which bring a smile to your soul. You can also re-purpose scarves and men’s handkerchiefs, or excess fabric. (If you are a sewing person, you KNOW what I mean.) Sure beats the mainstream everybody’s-got-it gift wrapping paper

Creative fulfillment – you still have the ability to make the gift wrapping fancy and “ooooh” inspiring. For those people who like to devote as much energy to the “presentation” as to selecting the gift, this is a bonus.

Benefits to the World

By world, I mean your neighbors, your community, your future grandchildren – and you, of course. The less trash we humans make, the better. Using furoshiki for wrapping eliminates waste products such as paper or plastic.

Two Instructional Videos

I especially like the following videos demonstrating wrapping techniques.

How to wrap 2 books, 2 wine bottles, one rectangular box of chocolates:

How to wrap a large (1.8 L) bottle


There are many great hubs and articles on its history. This hub invites you to consider using this method for wrapping anything and everything.

Photo and text copyright 2011 Maren E. Morgan, all rights reserved.


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    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      9 years ago from Pennsylvania

      amerben, Using Sunday comics as gift wrapping paper is another super way to be a green citizen of the earth.

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      9 years ago

      You make me sorry (just kidding) that I just gave a ton of fabric pieces to a friend. Now I will continue to follow my long-established practice of using the Sunday comics for children of all ages. Maybe you should mention it in another Hub. B.T.

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      9 years ago from Pennsylvania

      moonlake, thanks. I am definitely going to use this on some of the gifts I give.

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      9 years ago from America

      I love this never heard of it I think my kids will get a few things wrapped that way for Christmas. Good hub.


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