We're already receiving enquiries about furoshiki wrapping events at Christmas, and so we'd like to take the time to look back on one or two of our fantastic Christmas events. We thought it might be helpful to show you what we can do! We are always open to all ideas and are keen to make your corporate and in-store events a big success!
In-store Furoshiki Wrapping Workshops at Uniqlo, Oxford Street, London
I had such a fantastic day at the flagship Uniqlo store in Oxford Street, London, last Christmas!
I was invited by Uniqlo to host short 30-minute furoshiki workshops throughout the Christmas shopping afternoon. This was the first Saturday in December, and so it was peak shopping time and extremely busy!
Our workshops were sold out, and everyone who attended quickly learned how to make beautiful furoshiki gift-wraps for their Christmas gifts. You can see in the photos above just how elegant their furoshiki wrapping was!
We have lots of styles of furoshiki wraps, and I think the best way to teach our guests is to make the particular style of wrapping first and then collapse it, and then to begin again with everyone following the steps.
I'm always happy to go over the steps as many times as is needed, because I'm very keen for everyone to leave my workshops confident in their furoshiki wrapping skills, and keen to incorporate eco-friendly furoshiki into their daily life.
I taught many styles of furoshiki-wrapping: you can see in the photos our beautiful futatsu wrap for bundles of clothes, ribbon-wrapped boxes, and my favourite: flower wrap.
You can discover how to make all of these furoshiki wrap styles in our growing library of Furoshiki Tutorials!
I learned my furoshiki-wrapping skills in Kyoto, the area where furoshiki originated over a thousand years ago.
We're honoured that this is the city where our own Zusetsu-brand furoshiki are traditionally made :)
During our workshops I love being able to chat a little about the history of furoshiki wrapping, describing how it began in the 8th century Nara Imperial court, and continued once the court moved to Kyoto - how wrapping cloths wrapped the costly many-layered robes of the courtiers when they travelled on pilgrimage.
On the day we offered drop-in furoshiki-wrapping sessions at Uniqlo too, as we had lots of interested people watching us as we wrapped!
And it was fun at the end of the day, to stand near the ground-floor entrance and furoshiki wrap display boxes, engaging with customers who told me how much they love furoshiki!
Thank you to Uniqlo - I thoroughly enjoyed my day - it was lovely meeting you all!
Luxury Hotel Christmas Furoshiki Wrapping Event
We were delighted to host a Furoshiki Gift-wrapping event at The Ned, the 5-star hotel located in the heart of The City of London.
Surrounded by the glittering boxes of the old bank vault, in a side room off the Member's Bar, we used our pearlescent Seven Treasures furoshiki to capture the glow of the lamps and the silvery light of the walls.
It was a wonderfully relaxed event, with skilful guests creating beautiful wraps including our furoshiki bottle wraps!
Cotswold Christmas Fair Demonstration
At the highly-anticipated annual Christmas Fair located in two marquees at Daylesford in the Cotswolds, I gave a short presentation on the history of furoshiki, followed by a demonstration of many furoshiki wrapping styles. We had a wonderful display of ready-wrapped gifts which I individually collapsed and re-wrapped, explaining the method to the enthusiastic audience as I went along!
I demonstrated how to make eco-friendly furoshiki bags too.
It was a highly enjoyable event!
If you would like us to engage your in-store customers or work-place colleagues with our beautiful furoshiki-wrapping skills, please contact Cathy. We are experienced in in-person and online events, and are keen to adapt to the flow of your event.
We can supply furoshiki wrapping cloths for your event and also our own Zusetsu Furoshiki Handbooks - together these provide the opportunity after the workshop to continue to enjoy furoshiki wrapping :)
We look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you for reading and see you next time,
Cathy and Yukki
Yukki and Cathy