haute idea: furoshiki wrapping
Furoshiki or wrapping cloth used in Japan since ancient times, is highly suitable for the modern lifestyle, as more people become environmentally conscious and try to reduce the amount of waste related to use of paper and plastic bags. Furoshiki proves the old adage that anything old can be new again and highlights my personal favorite concept of blending ancient traditions with the modern world. Furoshiki is fashionable, soft & gift giving is always noble (recipients are thrilled). The Furoshiki cloth can be used indefinitely and takes up little space when folded and has a very long recyclable life span. Learn more about Japanese gift wrapping by these origami like diagrams here. Also, see this link on natural materials (straw, leaves) as well as Furoshiki wrapping with fabric, click here. There is also a very nice modern art exhibition about Furoshiki at Ping magazine, a Tokyo emag site about crafting and design (now in my sidebar because its wonderful): click here.