Add the Japanese touch of gift wrapping to your festive gifts. Zuhaila Sedek learns the art of Furoshiki
THERE are many things to do and buy before Hari Raya comes — new clothes, home decoration and preparing your duit raya as well as Hari Raya gifts. To not burn a big hole in your wallet, make your own gifts!
Adeline Zariah from the brand ADMS Is Selling shares with us three styles of the Furoshiki Batik Raya gift. Furoshiki originated from the Japanese gift wrapping technique using cloth.
Being eco-friendly, what makes it special is that the batik wrapping itself is part of the gift. It’s cute and will help you make a good impression.
Two boxes of Hari Raya cookies (use square boxes)
Flowers (fake or real)
1. Place batik sarung on a table.
2. Arrange boxes in the middle.
3. Fold one side of the sarung over the boxes and tuck the edge under the boxes. Fold again.
4. Take the two ends and make a simple knot on top of the boxes. Secure tightly.
5. Tuck in the remaining end of the sarung tightly behind the knot you’ve made.
6. Pin a brooch in the middle of the wrapping. The gift will look like a purse.
7. Complete with some flowers placed inside the “pocket” of the purse.
Organza or cloth ribbon
1. Place two bottles of sparkling drinks in middle of the batik sarung. The bottom of the bottle must face each other.
2. Take one end of the sarung and fold it over the bottles.
3. Roll the bottles up to the other end.
4. Take two remaining ends of the sarung and pull. The bottles should stand like twin towers.
5. Hold the two ends and make a strong double knot. The “ears” of the knot should lie horizontally.
6. Tie a ribbon around the bottles.
A few items such as Hari Raya cookies, dried fruit and chocolates
Ribbons and brooch for decoration
1. Take one side of the sarung and fold it over the opposite side. Fold the remaining piece of sarung inside to create a triangle shape.
2. Tie a simple knot at one corner of the triangle.
3. Repeat step 2 at the other corner.
4. Take one side of the sarung and pull it away to the opposite direction.
5. Flip the sarung inside-out and push the knots in. Place gifts in the middle of the sarung.
6. Take two loose ends and tie a simple knot. Secure it. The wrapping should look like a shoulder bag now.
7. Add ribbons and complete with a silver brooch in the middle of the ribbon.