ABOUT FUROSHIKI

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What is Furoshiki?

A furoshiki is an almost square piece of cloth that is traditionally used to wrap, carry or protect items. It is folded in a manner similar to origami to create beautiful gift-wrapping and bags.

What Size are Furoshiki?

Here at Zusetsu we currently stock 4 sizes of furoshiki:

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Extra Large
100 and 104cm furoshiki

Creates a beautiful furoshiki bag, such as this Leaf Bag.

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Large
90cm furoshiki 

Creates a slightly smaller bag, or special gift wrapping.

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Medium
70cm furoshiki

A versatile furoshiki that can gift wrap a bottle, or a present that is just under A4 size.

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Small
48cm and 50cm furoshiki

Ideal for wrapping small gifts, such as a boxed candle, or a small book.​​

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We also stock:
70cm Modern Girl furoshiki bag kit

A gorgeous small bag that is easy to make! This simple kit makes a lovely present.

Furoshiki and Reusability

We’re all looking for ways to live our lives in a more mindful way – ways that mean we’re being a little bit kinder to the planet.

 

Sometimes small changes are the way to start, and so we've written an article which focusses on mottainai (wastefulness), and the benefits of using the Japanese concept of furoshiki as part of our daily lives. You can read it here!

Furoshiki are becoming more and more popular as environmentally-conscious people choose this exceptional reusable alternative to plastic shopping bags and unrecyclable gift-wrapping paper.

We have a beautiful range of organic cotton furoshiki instore.

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How to Make Furoshiki Wraps and Bags

With their contemporary designs, and their long heritage, our furoshiki from Kyoto are truly beautiful.

Visit our Furoshiki Tutorials page for lots of Kyoto wrapping ideas to get you started. Every order receives a free, easy-to-follow furoshiki instruction leaflet!

Our new Furoshiki Handbook is the perfect addition to your furoshiki. Easy-to-follow diagrams and beautiful photographs help you to make stunning furoshiki bags and gift-wraps. You can buy it here!

We also offer furoshiki workshops so that you can come along and brush up your skills. Look out for upcoming events on our Events page, or email us if you’d like to host one!

Further Reading

Zusetsu Blog: Mottainai!

Gwendolyn Smith, The Guardian: 'Why Reusable Cloth Could Consign Christmas Gift-wrap to the Bin'.

Chip Colwell, Sapiens Anthropology Magazine: 'Why Do We Wrap Presents?'

We feature in Culture Whisper’s article about Sustainable Wrapping. You can read the article here

We feature in Practical Green Life: '8 Alternatives to Wrapping that Won't Cost the Planet this Christmas'

Madeleine Somerville, The Guardian: 'Save the Wrapping Paper for Christmas - and Save the World Too!'