The Japanese are simply brilliant when it comes to celebrate simplicity and make the ordinary extraordinary. Just think about the care and presentation of their food, their lifestyle magazines, clothing and what not. They are also very inventive.
In 2006 at the Olympic Games the Japanese Ministry of Environment had their athletes use “furoshiki” the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. In a campaign for reducing waste!! If you would like to know how to use Furoshiki in wrapping, you can dowload a pdf from the Japanese Ministry of Environment.
If you want to make your own Furoshiki bag like the one pictured above, here’s how:
- fabric square (mine was 41 inches -104 cm)
- 2 hair bands (I used two elastics which I covered in the same fabric)
I hemmed the seam by hand because I like that sort of thing. And then you just fold the fabric like this:
I use the bag for swimming, as it holds nicely all the towels and swim wear. For picnics it doubles as a blanket/tablecloth.
They also make nice gifts for little (and not so little) girls. They love the idea of a 2 dimensional cloth being transformed into a bag where they can transport their treasures.