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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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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