As you know, I'm an illustrator, so I couldn't resist drawing some diagrams showing how to make this really gorgeous gift wrapping.
'Zusetsu' means 'illustration' or 'diagram' in Japanese, so it was the most appropriate name for my new store!
It's simple to learn how to make all sorts of gift wrapping. Just take a look at our Furoshiki Tutorials page for lots of ideas and videos.
Our 70cm furoshiki created this stunning look, with one simple knot:
1. Place your giftbox in the centre of the diamond-shaped furoshiki. The reverse side should be facing up.
2. Bring the two corners (C and D) at either side of the box, together, above it.
3. Firmly grip the base of C and D on top of the box.
4. Tuck the corners of B inwards as you raise the end up to join the others, to make a neat, attractive fold. Continue gripping the three furoshiki ends at the base, on top of the box - you can pull gently on each end to firm up and neaten the cloth around the box.
5. Now, take end A, and fold it inwards once or twice, how you would a paper aeroplane: you're aiming to create a flat and smooth piece of fabric to tie around the base of the ends that you've been holding. All you need to do is to push the point of end A through the loop you've created, to tie a single knot.
The end of the knot looks a bit like a leaf - you can spread this at its base, and twist it slightly to improve its 'leafiness'. You now have a gorgeous present to give!
Top tip! If the ends on top of the box are a bit too long, fold them into points again and gently push them into the knot. You can spread these gently to look like a lotus flower!
Incidentally, in Japan, the furoshiki can also be used simply to present the gift, before being taken away and reused again. That decision is up to you!