I have a new hobby!
I have a lot of furoshiki cloths now, of different sizes, and I have been practising and I can make all sorts of cute wrappings and bags now!
So what is furoshiki? It is Japanese, and a foroshiki cloth is the piece of cloth you use to wrap your presents, laptop, bento box, or you can make them into re-usable bags.
Furoshiki is a very old art, but is at the moment coming back in fashion. The Japanese minister for the environment, Yuriko Koike, has created foroshiki made out of pet-bottles. Thereby swatting two flies with one stroke. Re-using Pet plastic, while reducing the need for plastic shopping bags.
This is not only very good for the environment, it is ideal if you’re shopping and buy more as your bag holds. Now you are stuck with a lot of messy, ugly bags. What to do? You can skip the plastic bags, take the scarf you just happen to be wearing, and make yourself a strong, decorative shopping bag!
This is also ideal if you are travelling on a budget airline (like I did to England last Autumn). You are only allowed one small bag on the plane (or pay big time) and that includes the small lady’s handbags we usually carry. So if it is a choice between my handbag and my flightcase, I’d choose my flightcase. But what then? We go out to shop, go to the cinema, have dinner, visit the parents… You really need a handbag and a shoppingbag… Now taking extra bags in your flight case takes up valuable space. Luckily there is the Furoshiki! They fold up very small, or you can wear one or two as a scarf. A large one makes a shopping bag, or with a few more knots and twists a handbag, and a small one makes a tiny evening bag… Two larger ones make a backpack!