Bojagi or bobo wrap originated in Korea. One sources says in the eighth century and another source says in the eleventh century. Women sewed left over scraps of fabric from making clothes to create beautiful quilt-like scarfs. These scarfs were used wrap, store, cover and transport all the things essential to everyday life.
Below is a video for wrapping a gift. This one is called a Lotus Wrap.
Furoshiki originated in Japan as early as 1603: furo means "bath" and shiki means "to spread". Furoshiki were used to carry toiletries and clothing to the bathhouses and were placed on the floor to act as bathmats.
When cotton was introduced into Japan, furoshiki began to be used to carry "goods for sale" along with their belongings.
With the advance in textile production furoshiki became mass produced and the Japanese would wrap gifts and the receipent would also keep the fabric wrapping cloth to reuse for personal use or to pass on by wrapping another gift and presenting it.
With the concern on 'green' and 'eco-friendly' and the desire to eliminating some of the plastic in our world furoshiki is the ideal solution.
This is an excellent way to recycle fabric and make some truly lovely pieces of "fabric wrapping".
This video shows some techniques of fabric wrapping:
All types of fabrics can be used: silk scarves, rayon and polyester blends, cottons, muslin (ideal for heavier items such as glass and books).
The fabric wrap is always a square and can come in most any size from 14" up to 48". The Japanese even make a fabric wrap large enough to 'wrap' a futon!
A couple of more videos for the fun of it!