Benefits of Furoshiki

Furoshiki are traditional Japanese cloths that are used for a variety of things. They are most well known to be wrapping cloths that are the eco alternative to paper and plastic gift wrapping.

They were used from ancient times as a way to easily carry and transport objects and shopping. Over time, furoshiki became more popular for merchants to transport goods and others used them to decorate and wrap gifts for special occasions.

Gift wrapped in a furoshiki cloth.


Simple furoshiki shopping bag.

In Japan, they are not as popular as they once were, but you can still see some people using them to wrap their bento (for daily lunches or especially during picnic seasons) and use them as a placemat.

Overseas, furoshiki are becoming more and more popular as an eco alternative to plastic bags and other wasteful packaging.

There are dozens of different ways to tie furoshiki cloths, from wrapping gifts (boxes, bottles…), making handbags from them, grocery shopping carrier, and even clothing items (little tops, sash, bolero…) or accessories (hair, outfit, handbag…).

Little furoshiki handbag

A fantastic video showing different furoshiki folds:



  1. Biviana
    Apr 16, 2012

    Great video! Amazing store… so Furoshiki wrapping has been around for a long, long time and we are just discovering it!
    I want to try it right now!!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Miho
      Apr 17, 2012

      No worries! I totally recommend trying it out. Saves time, money and the environment.


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