How genius is this technique for gift wrapping? Normally, I take twice the time, and my present looks half as good. This diagonal method of wrapping isn't the only trick we can learn from Japan, either. Furoshiki is a type of traditional cloth wrapping. Possibly dating as far back as the 8th century, furoshiki, meaning "bath spread", were originally used to bundle clothes while at the public baths. Over the years, it has become a way to wrap gifts, groceries, or even lunches. Furoshiki can be made from a wide variety of cloth, including silk, cotton and nylon, and are usually decorated with traditional designs or by shibori, traditional Japanese tie-dying. Aside from looking beautiful, they are also eco-friendly and reusable.