Long before today's eco-friendly philosophy of "reduce, reuse, recycle" entered America's collective consciousness, furoshiki—the Japanese method of wrapping things with fabric—flourished as a time-honored and practical art form. In Wrapping With Fabric, Etsuko Yamada—born into a long-line of furoshiki makers in Kyoto—explains the "one cloth, many uses" ideology behind the craft, the etiquette of color and the craft's fascinating history. From there, she shares the myriad ways in which a few basic techniques can transform a simple square of cloth into an elegant wrapper.
Use your folded fabrics to:
- Gift-wrap anything from books to flowers
- Bundle up a picnic
- Tote items around
- Use as a handbag or backpack
- Make into a pillow covering
- Create decorative coverings for vases, tissue boxes, and more