Chikako Ishii does all of the visual merchandising for our store, and she's full of surprises and crafty secrets. She thought that furoshiki wraps would be great for Valentine's Day gifts, so we started wrapping gifts for anyone that ordered a Hill-Side bandana along with some of our edible stuff or small accessories. We've been practicing out "tsutsumi" (wraps) and "musubi" (ties) all week, and posting our work on Vine and Instagram.
Different wraps are designed for different sized objects, and the specificity of the designs is a big part of their appeal. Over the weekend we've been wrapping orders for Mast Brothers chocolate bars, Quinn popcorn, Morris Kitchen ginger syrup and candles from FSC Barber and Apolis. No one's asked us to wrap up a slingshot yet, although I find them very romantic.
The "otsukai" or errand tsutsumi is probably the easiest to tackle, and works best with a flat bottom gift. Lay your bandana flat on the table like a diamond, and put your present in the center. Pull the bottom corner (B) to the top and tuck it under the gift. Then pull the top corner to the bottom (A), leaving the end loose beneath the wrap. Now grab the corners on the left and right (C and D), and tie them together on top with two overhand knots. Lastly, and most importantly, fuss with the knot on top until you feel like it looks just right. This could take a while.
The "nimai" is like the "otsuaki," but with two bandanas and three knots. I'll explain with a striped bandana and a solid color. Lay the striped bandana on the table like a diamond, then pull the bottom corner towards the top but stopping two inches short. At this point, it should look a like a pirate hat. Lay the solid bandana on top so that it lines up with the fold. Now put your gift in the center of the solid bandana. Grab the top corner of the striped bandana (A) and the bottom corner of the solid bandana (G) and tie the together on top of the gift. Now you've got a knot on top and four loose ends. Take the top left corner (D) and the bottom right (H); tie them together on top of the first knot. Last, take the bottom left corner (F) and top right (B); tie them together right on top of the other two knots. Take a deep breath, and whisper "AGDHFB." You're done!