Furoshiki: A Gorgeous Japanese Fabric Wrapping

Furoshiki is a Japanese fabric traditional wrapping cloth that is eco-friendly and used for wrapping up your gifts with a gorgeous look. Furoshiki comes from two distinct words: “Furo” meaning “Bath” and “Shiki” meaning “To Spread”. During the Tokugawa period, people used Furoshiki as a mat to put their clothes on when at public baths before taking a shower

Furoshiki is a fantastic art that allows one object to have many uses by tying and folding the cloth in different and simple ways.



Most people don’t know about the Furoshiki traditional wrapping cloth. It is still used for carrying goods, wrapping gifts or just as a decor accessory.


People living in Japan still use Furoshiki wrapping as a unique way to present something to others. This Japanese fabric is made of cotton, rayon, silk or nylon. You can find a wide variety of Japanese fabric designs and sizes, so you can easily choose what size and design you would like to use. This Japanese traditional art has been spreading like wildfire; it can be seen in other countries including Korea where it is called Bojagi.



This Japanese fabric art began in the Nara period and was often used until the end of the Edo period. Most traders used it as it was a great way of protecting small goods while traveling from one place to other.


Furoshiki Japanese Fabric is best used for wrapping gift boxes, books, drinking bottles, baskets, backpacks, fruits etc. Also, you can wrap flowers or use it as a belt and bandana. Using furoshiki sounds great, doesn’t it?


Go through these amazing furoshiki techniques that can be used in daily life.



This is an old tradition that many follow to this day, to present something as a gift. Now here is a question: Why use this furoshiki instead of colorful wrapping paper? The simple answer is that it is environmentally friendly. Furoshiki Japanese fabric is eco-friendly and reusable.


We all know that our environment can be polluted in many ways such as by using plastic. As plastic is not eco-friendly, that is why furoshiki is a better substitute for wrapping up presents. To start using Furoshiki Japanese fabric you have to learn the techniques for wrapping any gift box, carrying goods using furoshiki and how to decorate your home using furoshiki.




After the introduction of plastic bags, furoshiki declined substantially in Japan. Many of the latest furoshiki styles recently introduced to the public were designed to convince younger generations that plastic is not a good choice when it comes to selecting eco-friendly products.

Furoshiki is highly versatile whereas regular bags have limited space and can only carry specific objects.

Traditionally both the print design and color of the furoshiki are meaningful when choosing it for any occasion.



Traditional Furoshiki

Furoshiki is not used just for wrapping, it is often used as a beauty accessory, for ceremonies, and as multifunctional objects for everyday life.


Furoshiki can be used for:

– Wrapping a gift

– Decorating a handbag

– A bag for shopping

– A tablecloth

– A scarf, belt or bandana

– A picnic hamper

– Household decor

– Wrapping clothes when traveling



Eco-fabric wrapping

Western culture often uses furoshiki a lot to wrap gifts. It’s even faster than paper wrapping.


Here are some cheap and eco-friendly ideas to create furoshiki cloth:

– from scarfs
– from fabric

– by cutting up old sheets and designing them

– using fabric samples from a recycling centre

– asking your friends who sew for any unwanted scraps of fabric

– by using a bandana, tea towel or handkerchief




For wrapping, the object must be of one-third of the furoshiki’s diagonal line. Also, there are some traditional sizes that work better for a range of projects.


50 cm – small book

70 cm – T-shirt

90 cm – a wine bottle

Traditional furoshiki cloth is not square as the height is slightly longer than the width. This is often mentioned in instructions provided with the furoshiki when buying the fabric.



Get a Japanese fabric that is not too thick and also works best according to your needs. If you mistakenly buy a thick fabric then it makes difficult for you to tie it. You can use some alternatives like tying up a gift with ribbon.


You can easily double-up the Japanese fabric to make it reversible. This looks awesome with a contrasting color when it is wrapped but be sure that the fabric is easy to tie because most of the time it becomes thick and makes difficult for you to tie. The best option is to do this with fine fabrics.


Look at some of the best images of Korean “bojagi” wrapping cloths.




For the edges, you can choose hand-stitching or use a sewing machine. If you are not an expert in sewing then you can edge it in a rough manner for a stylish organic look. Add decorations to the corners to make your furoshiki creations look magnificent.



You can use dyes, fabric pens and fabric paints for decorating while using recycled bed sheets.

This DIY furoshiki wrapping technique will blow your mind once you start using it!


Let’s start with apple wrap using furoshiki fabric.  Place the fabric on the table. Now place the apple in the middle of the furoshiki.




– Now tie a square knot with corners A and B.

– Next you have to place corners C and D through the hole created by the square knot. It is the trickiest part so be careful!

– After that, you have to twist the D and C corners and make a square knot at the top of the circle. That’s all!


Here is a short video about using furoshiki Japanese fabric for wrapping gifts:



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