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


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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: 10.2 x 7.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Ouimette on April 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Maria on September 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda on June 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "moto-mouse" on January 9, 2001
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yona Lu on November 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mochas Boss on December 14, 2009
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The book was just 'OK'. It would be easier to copy designs if it had more actual pictures of the processes. I would not recommend it to friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Nieuwendijk on March 13, 2007
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This book is nice and useful.

The folding instructions and matching photo's are very clear.

The ideas in the book are original (at least they seem so to me).

I voted 3 stars, 'cause it's not really my style. I've warmed up better for other gift wrapping books.
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By Joan Vaccaro on January 15, 2014
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A very good guide on how to wrap gifts in interesting ways. Like many things in design, it's how you combine the elements like coloured string and paper, that leads to interesting and good looking things.
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