In the 1975 book, How to Wrap 5 More Eggs, Hideyuki Oka examines many forms of traditional Japanese packaging. When Mignon Faget was researching a method to securely connect the silver sticks in her Lashed Fences Bracelet while maintaining flexibility, she found inspiration in Michikazu Sakai’s clean, descriptive photography.
These intricate, yet simple, methods utilize materials at hand to create beautiful and functional structures that protect, dispense, or even prepare an item for use. These cunning, humble wrappings were refined over centuries of use and their graceful ingenuity still shines in a world of plastic bags and shrink wrap. Some of these methods of packaging are still in use today.
Read more about traditional Japanese food packaging at Creative Roots.
On a related note, we just love the similar utilitarian simplicity of Furoshiki (Traditional Japanese Wrapping) and this diagram via the Ministry of the Environment from the Government of Japan. During the Edo period, the ornately decorated wrapping cloth (fukusa) was often adorned with the family emblem (Mon) of the person presenting the gift. The cloth would later be returned and reused.
Practice this fun and unforgettable tradition yourself. Give a Mignon Faget Lashed Fences Bracelet wrapped in one of our exceptional Fleur de Lis Linocut Scarves for a present that will impress with its beauty and thoughtfulness.