How To Carry Groceries With A Square Of Cloth

How To Carry Groceries With A Square Of Cloth

The Japanese art of Furoshiki shows how you can carry food, packages, bottles, or virtually anything you can imagine using just a square of silk or nylon cloth. It's fast, easy, versatile, and eco-friendly (no paper OR plastic). And if you're worried about strength, watch how easily it works on a 16 pound bowling ball!

Step 1: Heavy Canvas Bags

With paper and plastic bags falling out of favor around the world, we're left to wonder, are heavy canvas bags the only method left to us for carrying our groceries?

Step 2: Eco-Friendly Alternative

One eco-friendly alternative is the ancient Japanese art of furoshiki which uses a simple square of silk or nylon cloth as a means of wrapping and carrying just about anything.

Step 3: Tesage Bukuro

The simplest method is called tesage bukuro, which is the hand carried wrap. This method allows you to quickly and easily create a bag for carrying a large amount of food or other products and because furoshiki uses silk or nylon the knots are very durable but also very easy to untie.

Step 4: Katakake Technique

A variation of this first technique is known as katakake fukuro or the shoulder carry wrap. This technique allows you to make a more ergonomic method of carrying a large amount of food and groceries and it does exactly what the name suggests.

Step 5: Melon Carry Wrap

This next technique is called the melon carry wrap and demonstrates just how strong a thin piece of cloth can be. Here I'm using a 16 pound bowling bag to demonstrate. Just imagine trying to do this with a plastic grocery bag.

Step 6: Furoshiki

And furoshiki is not only functional but also decorative as this bottle carry wrap demonstrates. This method of wrapping a pair of bottles will make a great impression on your friends and family especially when bringing wine as a gift or to a party.

Step 7: Furoshiki Techniques

There are literally dozens of other techniques you can discover on the web by searching for furoshiki on the web which will show you how you can wrap just about anything in any shape or size.