I have always adored Bojagi (보자기), a Korean’s traditional wrapping technique using a square-shaped piece of cloth that can be folded as small as the palm of the hand. Bojagi does not require too much cut-outs or even ornaments to make the gift looked outstanding or presentable. I find this Bojagi is really practical as it can be easily transformed and reused.
While we usually use wrapping paper to wrap present or gift, Bojagi only uses square-size cloth to wrap a gift or present. Bojagi is also known as Furoshiki among the Japanese. Bojagi was once used to hold food that is brought home, and I feel that Bojagi is a more practical idea as I can always keep the cloth after unwrapping the gift and keep it as part of my collection.
Besides, wrapping paper can be pretty cheap but I do find that it’s wasting money as the paper would be tore off during unwrapping the gift. Opting for Bojagi is the best option as it can help to conserve the rainforest – Going paperless is really great and I find that Bojagi is real fun, too!
Bojagi represents the traditional Korean culture in which it features Korea’s traditional colours, obangsaek, which consists of black, red, white, yellow, and blue. In fact, obangsaek-coloured Bojagi are usually passed on from house to house and used wisely. They are not to be used as kitchen towel, or even thrown away.
Wrapping with Bojagi does not require special skills or tools. It’s not as complicated as wrapping using paper or doing Japanese Origami. All you need to know is how to tie a knot, and with the use of rubber bands to make a number of beautiful knots that can be easily untied.
Bojagi is indeed a great substitute for wrapping paper because it is easy and you can simply keep the wrapping cloth as a remembrance of just reuse it. 🙂