20091210

East meets West

I stumbled upon this wonderful-witty gift wrapping idea
by Jenn Playford, author of Wrapagami
Inspired by Japanese Furoshiki, Playford found a new use for
a thrift shop shirt & brooch...not only it's eco-friendly,
we get 3 gifts in one! ~so clever! I was instantly CHARM-ed*
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errrrr...Furoshiki what??!
~Well...the Japanese Furoshiki is an elegant traditional cloth wrapping used for special presents or objects. The Furoshiki is certainly a gift unto itself...reusable, multi-purpose and is an essential tool in Japanese life & culture, often used as a shopping bag, wall hanging or table runner, or even as a lovely scarf! One of the symbols of traditional Japanese culture, and puts an accent on taking great care of things. Although it's an old tradition, it’s still very much popular among the Japanese and creative-stylish people in the west as well. ~Let’s take a look at various style of furoshiki, hope to get more inspirations for our own creative Holiday gift wrapping this season...
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What do you think Darlingsss...
charming* gift wrapping idea no?!
I might even add a Christmas ornament or
a fresh evergreen branch from the garden...~so cuuute*
~XOXO*
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-Pics via Wrapnatural, JapaneseStyle.info, Japanesepod101, prweb, CGI.ebay.com

62 comments:

Jeannette Mariae said...

This is so beautiful - great idea.

xxx JM ;-)

cindy said...

i like it very much, eco-friendly.

Juanita said...

Versatile and stylish.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

wow! amazing idea, darling! especially with gorgeous fabrics that are a gift on itself! happy thursday, L! xo

muchlove said...

that's a great gift-wrapping idea! I love that it's way more eco-friendly that the usual paper wrappings that gets thrown out straight away.

Homemaker Man said...

That was enlightening and clever. I had never heard furoshiki before.

Homemaker Man said...

That was enlightening and clever. I had never heard furoshiki before.

Laura Trevey said...

what a cool idea!!
I love the simple red ~~ festive!!

xoxo Laura

Kwana said...

Very charming. You have given me a great idea. Thanks so much.

Yelena R. said...

Love this idea!

B@B@ said...

Woo this is cool..Luv it!!

photojoy said...

As one Japanese woman, I feel grateful that you've posted "furoshiki". I keep several furoshiki in my closet drawer. It's fun to choose the right one for each occasion. Today smaller size is used much in common among girls to wrap their lunch boxes to bring with them to schools and offices.

Jan said...

I do think it's charming.
Sadly I don't know anyone who would appreciate a gift made of thrift shop finds.
I definitely would though.

Saving Capulet said...

awesome idea! i once that on tv, the techniques and styles they can make out of a patterned cloth! awesome post

Keith said...

Those are so beautiful. I love them all. Great idea. I hope you're doing well. I'm ready for the weekend myself. I can't wait. Take care. Cheers!

schnitzerPHOTO said...

Love the fabrics in the images you share. I have a new world of possibilities for my thrift collection of old western shirts! Once again, thanks for the inspiration. *xo*

Sal said...

Clever, beautiful, and ecologically sound. Love 'em!

Delance said...

I love it!! <3 When ever I'm in Japan I'm always amazed with the gift wrapping, and how beautiful almost everything, like ordinary everyday stuff, is wrapped <3

xoxo

blog.delancefashion.com

Gigi said...

This is one of the most inspiring ideas I've seen this holiday season! Thanks, my sweet, for this post. You've given me many ideas for gifts. Big hugs!

Michael Rivers said...

Great idea and beautiful photos!!

The Haute-Shopper said...

What a fabulous idea! I love that the wrap itself can be a gift... the whole thing is so much more eco-friendly than wrapping it in paper that will be thrown away. Brilliant!

Jaime said...

Pretty wrapping idea! :)

Couture Carrie said...

What gorgeous gift-wrapping inspiration, darling L!

xoxox,
CC

abigail said...

I LOVE this idea, especially when wrapping presents for friends who collect fabric scraps for crafty projects.

The Consummate Hostess said...

I think that this is a charming way to add a bit of eco-fabulous style to a gift!

Barefoot Chic said...

Well, since I'm a girl from Japan please let me say this - Stunning!!

My daughter goes to school with a lunch box wrapped with furoshiki (tiny one), so that her lunch box doesn't open. She loves it - I'm proud of it.

This is one of my favorite post, sweetie!

Sher said...

I MUST try one!

Wondering if I could wrap the kid's xbox game in a T shirt.....

Jaeve + Things said...

i think those are great! better for the environment, people can keep the wrapping for something else after. i always stand aghast at the clear wastefulness of wrapping paper.

Kris said...

This is a GREAT idea! so pretty and festive!

Bathwater said...

Why do I get the idea that only works for someone else.

Shaddy said...

What a splendid idea! Absolutely a winner in so many ways.

Down and Out Chic said...

this is so charming, awesome!

janettaylor said...

Cooool idea....adorable and eco!

XX

kys said...

It's eco-friendly and pretty! I love it!

Lexie said...

my grandmother sewed cloth wrapping for our presents many years ago and still uses them for our presents to this day! very eco-friendly indeed!

bananas. said...

OMG i love that idea! how clever! people are so darn creative.

Tights Lover said...

I love it! Except for the fact that I'd miss the sound of me tearing through paper on Christmas morning. If only there was some way to replicate that hahaha!

Aurora said...

oh so cute, so chic.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I love this idea! I think I'll try it out!

Love our loveloveloveeee boat! :)

Toothfairy said...

it's smart and beautiful. I'm a total failure when it comes to gift wrapping, but this looks like something I can do... sort of...

loves

Sam said...

So magnificently wrapped!! I remember I went to Japan as a young 'un with my folks and the one thing that has stuck in my mind was the divine presentation of everything from sushi lunch boxes to packets of coloured pencils etc I still have quite a few of the darling little boxes I bought on that trip - However, I didn't see these beauties!!! Thank you Lenore! You are my Henry Higgins!! YOu teach me stuff!! Have a lovely weekend sweetie! XXX's

Simply Colette said...

How interesting! If done right-- it could be beautiful ;) Have a great weekend!

xoxo

Moomby said...

oh my! that is the coolest thing ever!

Leah said...

Awwwwww, such beautiful wraps... I wish I can imitate them.

Savvy Gal said...

i forgot i could do that. i love receive yummy mochi in such a lovely wrapping. : ) xo

Kristin said...

Why can't I be creative like that? Those are beautiful!

Clorivak said...

I did this for the first time last year for gifts and it was a huge hit! I am a mad collector of scarves and I'm not big on wrapping with the cutting and tape..bah hehe so I just had a lightbulb moment and it looks soooo nice and plus its good for the environment!!! Its so great of you to share this with people...you have made it a greener christmas!!! ;) **Big Hug**

Joyce said...

WOW now this some great gift wrapping. Love it! xo

Elizabeth said...

what a wonderful idea! thanks for your lovely comment. :)

buhdoop said...

Oh I love it!

Treacle said...

Ooohhh...I very much like the fabric gift wrap. One of my co-workers was suggesting using those sheer, novelty towels so the person could have a handy kitchen gift after unwrapping as well.

I hope this is all right...I'm having a lingerie giveaway on my blog right now and would love for you to enter! :-)

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xphoebelinax said...

that is such a great idea dear! :D

i just wrapped all my presents, the wrapping paper costed me $30... :( lol

Elizabeth Marie said...

I've been singing our song all night...this is my favorite part...

"exciting and new"

YES!!!

Thank you for sending that to me my loooove!

Noémie K said...

Wow this post is amazing !
what a good idea !
I love the colors*°*°*°
Have a great week-end*°*°*°*°

kirstyb said...

interesting wrapping ideas xx

TheFashionAve said...

Yeah, great idea. :D

Ela said...

It's perfect, I love it!
I received a gift once wrapped this way and I said I would replicate it...yeah never happened. Will have to try it soon!
xx

amy @ switz~art said...

i love it, love it!! thank you so much for the awesome ideas!!

TheBeautyFile said...

Lovely! Beautiful! So creative!!

sofiasophie said...

soooooooo lovely...
Actually all japanese stuff is quite a marvellous and very cute stuff... I remenber even to have stayed hours in a simple supermarket, looking at the nooddles bgas, the packaging of everything....

Charlie said...

Awesome idea! It's practical and looks beautiful without all the waste of wrapping paper.

nath said...

yes! it's always nice to have layers of gifts don't you think?