Furoshiki: The Art of Japanese Fabric Wrapping [Visual Guide]

Many of the most revered Japanese arts have emerged from something that was first intended for practical uses. Such is the case with Japanese calligraphy, the solution to a growing need for a uniform script in the administrative process, and Kintsugi, which originated as an elegant way to repair broken pottery. Furoshiki is no different. The term, which literally translates to โ€œbath (furo) spread (shiki),โ€ was first used in the Nara period (710โ€“794) as a means to protect valuable goods.

Since, the Japanese have mastered the art of doling fabric to transport and wrap items. This has evolved into a popular practice in cultures around the world as a versatile, environmentally-friendly way to carry bottles, food, and everyday necessities, and has also become a modern alternative to holiday gift-wrapping.

Below are some of the basic Furoshiki wrapping techniques that invaluable has visualized to help guide you.

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Upcycling old Sponges with your Kids [Infographic]

What better way to guide your kids into a green lifestyle than playing and crafting together with them showing them there can be other purposes to something broken or used. Here is an activity you might enjoy with your kids: reusing a sponge, very simple and quick going green.

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Kintsugi: Repairing Pottery Art [Video]

Kintsugi is a centuries-old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery and transforming it into a new work of art with gold, the traditional metal used in Kintsugi. The name of the technique is derived from the words โ€œKinโ€ (golden) and โ€œtsugiโ€ (joinery), which translate to mean โ€œgolden repair.โ€ The scars and cracks of the broken ceramic become the focus and turn the object into something unique and exquisite.

If youโ€™ve broken your favorite ceramic dish and want an elegant repair solution, follow this guide to making your own Kintsugi art. All you need is a few items and our step-by-step video tutorial below.

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DIM: Upcycled Headband

I had this old belt that I cut because it was too long and I had the rest of it stored to upcycle for so long that today I decided to sew an elastic band and wear it as a headband ๐Ÿ’š I’m not the great sewer but it does the job ๐Ÿ˜† what do you think?

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DIM: Upcycled Bookmark

I had a bunch of maps a friend gave me (trusting that I would do something with them). A couple of years after (๐Ÿ˜ฌ) I joined the penpal group of Mexicans around the world, a great opportunity for me to send handmade-upcycled gifts. So i finally did something with those maps!

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