The Art of Furoshiki

Our gift wrap of the season, inspired by the Japanese fabric wrapping.

Furoshiki is a square piece of cloth or fabric used for gift wrapping, transporting items, fashion and home decor.

Furoshiki originated in Japan around 710 B.C. during the Nara period. During this time, cloth that an object was wrapped in was referred to as tsutsumi, meaning “package” or “present.” Over the centuries the practice and term has evolved. 

In 2006, Japanese Minister of the Environment Yuriko Koike promoted furoshiki cloth in an effort to increase environmental awareness and reduce the use of plastic. It is during this period that the spread and contemporary practices accelerated in use. Today, it is commonly used by Japanese schoolchildren to carry bento boxes, and by gift-givers around the world as an environmentally-friendly way to wrap gifts.

At the heart of The Conservatory, we choose items that bring joy, are made to last, and make the Earth a better place to live. Alongside our brand partners, our Furoshiki gift wrap uses reusable cloth by Recreo, and gold wire baskets by Be Home. We use biodegradable cellophane inside the baskets. Cellophane is a natural polymer made from cellulose, a component of trees and plants. The cellophane we source is made from trees sustainably farmed and harvested specifically for cellophane production – no rainforest or old growth trees are used.

Our gift tags were printed on wildflower seed paper, making our gift wrap presentation 100% sustainable for Mother Earth. Click here to learn how to plant your wildflower seed paper and give it a second life.

Receive a Complimentary Small Basket and Furoshiki Gift Wrap with the purchase of $95 or more. Receive a Complimentary Large Basket and Furoshiki Gift Wrap with the purchase of $150 or more.

Reuse your square fabric to wrap other objects using the art of Furoshiki.