Our neighbors are a young couple from India with an adorable little girl. I put together some goodies for her for Valentine’s Day, just a mix of trinkets and art supplies. Instead of a box or paper bag I used a nice bandana to wrap everything, furoshiki-style. Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that’s used to carry practically anything. It’s a lovely, eco-friendly way of wrapping a gift, and I find it particularly useful for odd-shaped items. Japan’s Ministry of Environment issued a guide illustrating the many ways you can wrap with a furoshiki.
The cloth used as wrapping becomes part of the gift. Interestingly, the word bandana has its origins in the Hindi “bandhana” meaning to bind or tie.