By: Chizuko Morita
In Japanese culture, it is customary to put as much care into the wrapping of a gift as into choosing the gift itself. The way a gift is wrapped and the material in which it is presented are considered expressions of the giver's feelings toward the recipient. Now, using techniques that have been part of Japanese tradition for generations, Chizuko Morita offers readers innovative and unique ideas for using the Japanese art of wrapping with cloth in very contemporary ways. In a matter of minutes, a swatch of cloth known as a furoshiki, can be fashioned into an elegant wrapping for a CD, a book, a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, even a soccer ball. And unlike paper gift wrap, if you get it wrong the first time, just undo the knots and start again. Not only are the wraps fool-proof, they rely on only three basic knots. Beautifully illustrated with four-color photographs, engagingly written and with clear, step-by-step instructions, Gift Wrapping with Textiles includes sections on: The Enjoyment and Advantages of Wrapping with Textiles Selecting a Cloth Techniques Tying Attractive Knots The Three Basic Knots Pleating and Twisting Caring for Textiles Gift Wrapping Interior Wraps for the Home Table Settings History Traditional Japanese Furoshiki.