Gift Wrapping with Textiles: Stylish Ideas from Japan

Gift Wrapping with Textiles: Stylish Ideas from Japan


By (author) Chizuko Morita

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  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 254mm x 13mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 17 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Tokyo
  • ISBN 10: 4770027362
  • ISBN 13: 9784770027368
  • Illustrations note: 200+ colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 188,687

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In Japanese culture, it is customary to put as much care into the wrapping of a gift as into choosing the gift itself. The way a gift is wrapped and the material in which it is presented are considered expressions of the giver's feeling toward the recipient. Using techniques that have been part of Japanese tradition for centuries, Chizuko Morita offers innovative, practical ideas for the Japanese art of wrapping with cloth. In minutes, a piece of cloth can be fashioned into an elegant wrapping for a CD, a book, a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates, even a football. Not only are the wraps fool-proof, they rely on only three basic knots. Beautifully illustrated with full-colour photos, engagingly written and with clear, step-by-step instructions, the book includes sections on cloth selection, tying techniques, wrapping, table settings and much more.

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Author information

CHIZUKO MORITA created her own style of wrapping with textiles that's very contemporary, yet preserves the techniques of the centuries-old Japanese tradition of wrapping for gift-giving. She has taught her techniques to Americans and Europeans in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Boston, and appears regularly on Japan's public television channel, NHK. This is her seventh book on wrapping, and her first in English. SHUICHI YAMAGATA is a photographer based in Kyoto. He specializes in shooting kimono, jewelry, cooking, Japanese fashion, and other items.

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"Beautiful work of wrapping. The design possibilities ... are ... lovely." The Washington Post