Furoshiki Book by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts
Recently my Mum was browsing through books and came across a new book out on Furushiki. She kindly passed it on to me (thank you!) and talk about a feast for the eyes! The book is Furoshiki - The Art of Wrapping with Fabric (New Holland) by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts who is originally from Japan but now lives in France. The above Yotsu musubi style furoshiki is inspired from the book and you'll find many of the classic styles seen in the Japanese diagram here.
Personally, the stand outs in the book are the unique styles such as a bunny rabbit, many bags to create, wrapping plants, wine bottles and doing your own embroidery such as Sashiko. Sashiko is a traditional form of Japanese embroidery using white thread on indigo blue fabric. Something that I've been personally meaning to try or show for years so it was great to see it included in Nakayama-Geraerts' book as a reminder.
Another thing that becomes immediately obvious from the book is how much furoshiki as gift wrap is amplified in its beauty when real furoshiki's are used, with their bi-colored fronts and backs. This is why I'm so excited and looking forward to the furushiki that I recently ordered and can not wait to show the various bags that can be created. In the mean time this lovely book by Kumiko will serve as delectable inspiration and these vintage Vera scarves will have to do for now.
Image: mam for Gave That