Dāman Furoshiki

The Reusable Fabric Gift Wrap

Why Dāman?

Dāman is an amalgamation of India’s rich textile heritage with the Japanese art of Furoshiki, creating beautiful and eco-friendly fabric gift wraps. The word ‘Dāman’ is the Sanskrit word for gift or the act of giving and Furoshiki is the Japanese technique of wrapping gifts, books and other objects with fabric.

Fabric gift wraps are an eco-friendly alternative to paper and plastic wraps, being not only reusable but also biodegradable. Traditionally the Furoshiki wrap was returned back to giver, but you can make it a part of your gift. Dāman furoshiki wraps can be reused as a gift wrap or can be used creatively as a napkin, a tea towel, a bandana or even as a scarf!

The fabrics

Our Dāman Furoshiki wraps are made from 100 % cotton fabric which has been hand block or screen printed using mostly natural and vegetable dyes. The fabrics and prints chosen for Dāman wraps have been carefully selected to showcase Indian regional traditional dying and printing techniques ranging from Bagru, Ajrakh to Kalamkari.

The Design

Our Dāman Furoshiki wraps are available in single print wraps and our signature reversible design with a unique diagonal origami pattern and can be folded in different ways to create different unique patterns. Each Dāman Wrap is accompanied by an easy to follow wrapping instruction diagram. Different wrapping styles are used for different objects, depending on the size and shape to be wrapped. A sizing guide is also included to make it easy to understand which Dāman Wrap is suitable for which size of package.

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Our Dāman wraps are available in various patterns and in the following different sizes

Small : 18″ X 18″ (Suitable for objects between 4″x 4″x 3 ” and  6″x 6″x 3″)

Medium : 24″ X 24″ (Suitable for objects between 6″ x 6″ x 3″ and 9″ x 6″ x 4″)

Large : 40″ X 40″ (Suitable for objects between 12″x 12″ x 6″ to 16″ x 16″ x 4″). This size will be made to order, so please allow 7-8 days before we can ship it out.

The above furoshiki sizing guide is a volumetric guide. For example, if the stated suitability of the small size wrap is for objects upto 6 x 6 x 3 inches it translates into a volume of approximately 108 cu. inches. This size wrap can be therefore used for objects measuring 9 x 6 x 2 inches or 7 x 5 x 3 inches.

Wrapping Styles 

Japanese Furoshiki uses many different wrapping style. The simplest is the ‘Otsukai Tustsumi’ instructions for which are included when you purchase a wrap. Additional wrapping styles can be found in the illustration below.

Dāman Furoshiki  Reversible Origami Wrap in the basic ‘Otsukai Tustsumi’ style.

Japanese Furoshiki Wrapping Styles 

Want to see more unique wrapping styles? Follow  the diagram below for different Japanese Furoshiki wrapping styles.

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How to use a Furoshiki wrap, Photo credit – Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan

Learn to wrap the Dāman Furoshiki way

If you would like a more hands-on experience in gift wrapping the Dāman Furoshiki way, follow our facebook page for updates about our next workshop!