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Gift Wrapping: Creative Ideas from Japan Paperback – September 15, 1987

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The way a gift is wrapped can say a lot about the care and thought that went into its selection. This easy-to-follow, idea packed volume draws on traditional Japanese forms and techniques to create unusual, attractive, and surprisingly simple ways to wrap presents of all shapes and sizes. All 66 projects are shown in beautiful color plates, and each is accompanied by step-by-step instructions that take you from basic materials to finishing touches.

About the Author


KUNIKO EKIGUCHI has a successful and varied background in such traditional Japanese crafts as doll making and paper craft. His extensive knowledge of traditional Japanese papers and his talent for combining the classic with the modern are prominent in Gift Wrapping. He is the author of The Book of Boxes, The New Book of Boxes and Japanese Crafts and Customs. He is also the designer of the stylish Christmas arrangements featured in Origami for Christmas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (September 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870117688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870117688
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is incredible! I highly recomend this for not only someone who enjoys paper craft but also for Graphic Designers like myself. Well illustrated and easy to understand and plenty of pictures. Also great for learning the traditions behind the wrappings.
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It is fantastic! I loved this book. I has pages whith colored photos of all the desings. The autor is precise (acurate)in the measures and diagrams, important for learning the new ideas proposed. It is very crreative and usefull.
(I'm sorry about my english...i don't write it very well, it's not my language. Anyway i think that you will understand my message).
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If you're searching for artistic and elegant ways of wrapping up gifts, you will fall in love with this book! Each idea is beautifully presented and diagrammed in detail. There are wrapping ideas from the artfully simple and spghisticated to the ultimately elegant and intricate...gift wrapping for the beginner paper folder to advanced challenges. They are all wonderful with that wonderful touch of Japanese artistic grace that make the outside of the gift as intriguing as the inside and can make the mundane look magnificent. Even when I'm not putting the ideas to use, I find I love to look through the book over and over.
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There is something so beautiful and special about a thoughtfully wrapped gift. Forget those garish papers with bright colors that assault your senses. Learn to wrap things so that the wrapping itself is a gift. This book shows you exactly how to wrap your gift with the subtleness found in so many things Japanese. You don't even need boxes for most of the numerous wrapping techniques, and therein lies the beauty. Highly recommended, you won't ever want to part with this one.
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I expected more ideas on how to wrap beautiful presents from this book, but was only moderately satisfied from its content. This is certainly one of the better books out there on amazon.com about beautiful gift wrapping. However, I have seen many more beautiful ideas on how to wrap gifts in Asia. If only there was a book that described and taught more ideas on gift-wrapping.
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I tried a few ideas in here for Christmas. They were easy to follow. I got pretty good results. My only problem is that all of the instructions require a special kind of paper which is really expensive and hard to find. I ended up substituting with regular wrapping paper. It probably doesn't look as nice, but the design still comes out.
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I was able to grasp the directions of this book and make lovely, traditional, wrappings for gifts for my son's wedding to a young women native to Japan. Her family was impressed. The directions were clear and with a little effort worked nicely. There are also several different types to chose from. One important concept of Japanese wrapping is to let the size and the shape of the gift influence the wrap. You should be working with the shape and not against it.
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I bought this book while living in Japan years ago. I used it to learn how to wrap with paper the way the Japanese do, and also to learn to wrap using the fabric wraps. It was an excellent source for both. My brother-in-law admired a package I wrapped, so this was a gift for him. It inspired me to look at mine again, and so many of my holiday presents were again wrapped Japanese style! I love this book.
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