About Our Furoshiki

You can browse lots of furoshiki images in our Furoshiki Gallery and you can buy the furoshiki in our Furoshiki Shop. Wondering how use our furoshiki without tying yourself in knots? No problem! See our Furoshiki Uses page for instructional videos and downloads that show how easy it is to use our furoshiki.

Our Suppliers - Traditional Japanese Companies

We work with leading Japanese furoshiki makers to bring you an exciting selection of furoshiki direct from Japan. Our suppliers are typically based in Kyoto. For many centuries highly skilled textile artists have been based in Kyoto. Stunning woven products such as furoshiki, kimono and obi have been designed and made there. Likewise complicated dyeing techniques were developed for these products.

The furoshiki companies that we work with continue Kyoto's long tradition of design excellence and we are proud to bring you their genuine Japanese furoshiki.

Furoshiki are great for the environment - no waste paper going to landfill when you use furoshiki for gift wrapping. They are very versatile. And they look great too.

Genuine Furoshiki - "Easy to Knot" & "Crease Free"

The Japanese furoshiki designers mostly use "Shantan" or "Chirimen" structures. These weaves and processes give a gently textured surface which adds to the "touch" of the furoshiki and gives a more sophisticated appearance. They also give fabrics which are suitable for knotting and which have minimal creasing when unknotted/unwrapped. Genuine furoshiki are easy to reuse. 

It is, of course, possible to use just about any woven textile as a furoshiki. And we think it's a great way to use old bits of fabric that would otherwise be lingering in the cupboard or chest of drawers. But, for ease of use and reuse, as well as stunning design, you can't beat genuine Japanese furoshiki made with shantan or chirimen fabric.

Our furoshiki are made from natural materials such as cotton and cellulose (rayon). We also have a range using polyester yarns that have been made from recyled plastic drinks bottles! This is a great use for precious resources that would otherwise go to landfill.   

Furoshiki: Eco-Wrapping and Much More

Furoshiki are stylish, eco-friendly, fabrics originally used by the Japanese. Furoshiki are best known as wrapping cloth for gifts but they are extremely versatile... a tuck here, a knot there and the furoshiki can morph from gift wrapping to bag to scarf to cushion cover to throw to....well you get the idea! 

             

    

Furoshiki Photos: clockwise from top left: i) gift wrapping; ii) wrapping and carrying for a bottle of wine; iii) a casual shoulder bag; & iv) furoshiki handbag

Eco Friendly

Using furoshiki for gift wrapping means that there's no snipping bits of wrapping paper or messing around with the sticky tape. Just a tuck here and there, and if you want to get fancy, a knot as well. Check our Furoshiki page for wrapping instructions.

After your present is unwrapped the furoshiki can be reused again and again - it doesn't go off to landfill.  And that's where the eco bit comes in. The UK sends more than 10,000,000 kg of gift wrapping paper to landfill at Christmas time alone. We hope that we can reduce that by wrapping things with furoshiki.

Further landfill savings come from our "Mottainai" range of furoshiki. Most of our furoshiki are 100% cotton. But the Mottainai furoshiki are made from recycled polyester bottles which would otherwise have gone to landfill.

As part of our efforts to spread the eco-message we worked with the prestigious Textile Institute to publicize furoshiki. This resulted in a Global Sustainability competition with textile/design students from around the world designing furoshiki as part of the Textile Institute's 100 year celebrations.

Uses of Furoshiki

Furoshiki are very versatile. They are well known as a reusable wrapping for gifts. Furoshiki sizes range from 50cm square up to 1.00 metre square so there's a size to suit any present. Ask us if you're not sure what size you need. Furoshiki are also great for other things including:

As a bag to carry shopping.  

As a bag to carry items (wine bottles, books, lunch box etc)

As a clothing accessory such as a scarf or belt

As a decorative item around the home such as a throw, table runner, or covering for plant pots, tissue boxes and so on.

See our page on uses of furoshiki for instructions on how to use furoshiki.

We would love to hear what uses you find for your furoshiki!