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Shuugi Bukuro


My friend from kindergarten got married last week. He’s always been very interested in Japanese culture, so I made him a shuugi bukuro, which are envelopes specifically for monetary gifts. In Japan (and most Asian countries, I think) you give cash as a gift rather than things. So I used some Japanese washi paper and origami to make this envelope. I’m going to try to make handmade shuugi bukuros as gifts for my friends’ weddings from here on out. I’m fairly happy with how this turned out, though that knot was really hard to make because the paper wasn’t cooperating very well.

Congratulations to Jeremiah and Stephanie! May you two find great happiness in your future together.

Materials: Japanese washi paper (beige and orange), origami, tracing paper, and Copic Sketch (special black)
Time: 1 hour


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