Furoshiki (meaning bath spread) is the art of decoratively wrapping objects in silk cloths. It dates back as far as the Japanese Nara period, (AD710). The practice started as a way to wrap clothing and belongings while attending public baths. Furoshiki evolved to be a means for merchants to transport their goods or to protect and decorate a gift. Today it can be an environmentally friendly way to carry goods or an unusual way to wrap a gift.