Since I was a little girl I've been making dens....and don't think I'll ever stop..........

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Vintage scarf and the Japanese art of Furoshiki

Lush produce handmade cosmetics from natural ingredients, such as organic fruits and vegetables. They don't use any animal products at all and have really green environmental policies. Currently they're offering to gift wrap them in retro scarves to imitate an old Japanese traditional art, named Furoshiki. It's a lovely idea as you get two gifts at once.
I'd got some Lush products for an extra Christmas gift, and bought a vintage scarf from Portobello Road Market last Saturday for a pound,and so decided that I'd have a go, too. I did a bit of research and found a pdf guide by the Japanese Government's Ministry of the Environment, with diagrams of fourteen methods of using cloth instead of paper for gift wrapping. It was produced in 2006, designed to cut down on wasted paper......even better.
I chose a style named Suika Tsutsumi or Watermelon Carry Wrap..........good job I was only wrapping cosmetics, my scarf wouldn't have been big enough for a watermelon!
I think I need a bit more practice!

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