What size is a furoshiki?
There are traditionally 10 different sizes of Furoshiki wrapping cloth. The most useful all-rounders are 50cm (19 inches) and 70cm (27 inches). These hard-working Furoshiki can be used to create a carry bag, wrap gifts or used as a bento wrap for your lunch.
Each of the 10 different traditional sizes is associated with a different use. The largest, Nanahaba, is 2.3m as is used to pack and carry items when moving house. Yohaba (1.28m) is used to wrap and store linens.
We figured hundreds of years of use is a pretty good indicator of useful sizes so we based our original range on these sizes. We offer a 70cm (Futahaba) and 50cm (Chuhaba) as standard sizes for our classic Furoshiki. These can be used to wrap several books, a pot plant, a wine bottle (albeit our wine bottle bags are a simpler alternative) or a small box. The small is perfect for jewellery, accessories or a small box of chocolate.
As we were developing the range we decided to add ribbons, and pom poms as a decidedly un-traditional, but very fun twist. We call them Ribbon Furoshiki. With our Ribbon Furoshiki the sizing is smaller (45cm or 30cm) as when you use ribbons to knot with, you don’t need the extra fabric to knot with.
How do you know what size to choose?
A rule of thumb is that ideally you have a wrap that is 3 times the size of your gift along the diagonal line.
Just remember fabric is very forgiving when it comes to wrapping gifts of different sizes. Particularly if you have a big fabric wrap for a smaller gift, you can simply add another roll or fold and it will fit. Furoshiki is also very adaptable for wrapping awkward shapes - not scissors, tape or tricksy techniques required!
Please do call or drop us an email if you have any questions.