Gift Wrapping with Textiles: Stylish Ideas from Japan

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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 feeling 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 ...

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Overview

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 feeling 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, you can just undo the knots and start again.
Not only are the wraps fool-proof, they rely on only three basic knots.

INCLUDES:

• Stunningly original wrapping ideas

• Gift-wraps for wine, books, CDs, pictures, posters, balls, and boxed items of all sizes

• Based on techniques that have their roots in centuries-old Japanese traditions of wrapping for gift-giving

also

• Additional ideas to freshen up everyday items such as pillows, baskets, and more

• New thoughts for decorating the breakfast and dinner table

• Add an elegant touch to flowerpots, planters, or a bouquet of flowers

• Make an instant magazine "rack" or knapsack

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"Beautiful work of wrapping. The design possibilities ... are ... lovely." The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784770027368
  • Publisher: Kodansha International
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 367,383
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

CHIZUKO MORITA created her own style of wrapping with textiles that's very contemporary, yet preserves the techniques of the centuries-old Japanese tradition of wrapping for gift-giving. She has taught her techniques to Americans and Europeans in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Boston, and appears regularly on Japan's public television channel, NHK. This is her seventh book on wrapping, and her first in English.

SHUICHI YAMAGATA is a photographer based in Kyoto. He specializes in shooting kimono, jewelry, cooking, Japanese fashion, and other items.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    I just love this book. The fabric used for giftwrapping is abso

    I just love this book. The fabric used for giftwrapping is absolutely of gorgeous material. The gifts look very elegant, they adorn the gift and the spot you place them in. They look soft and pretty, but know that they are stronger than paper, because paper rips, fabric doesn't. You can use them again and again. You can make bags out of them to carry things, like groceries, gifts, etc. When you give gifts to family members the wraps keep coming back to you, again and again. Just iron them and you're ready to giftwrap another present. I love this book, it is one of my favorite books.

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