Mizuhiki goes back 607 AD, when a Japanese delegate presented a gift from China to the Japanese emperor. The gift was decorated with a red & white twine knot. Since, the Japanese followed the same style, recreating the knot and starting a tradition of presenting a gift with a Mizuhiki knot.
SIgn of respect
Mizuhiki is often used as a decorative ribbon to wrap a gift in Japan. It plays an important role in Japanese culture. It is a symbol of affection, warmth and togetherness. It shows respect to the person who receives it. This is how Japanese people represent their feelings into a tangible form.
Sign of togetherness
Mizuhiki is made of Japanese paper, washi, cord that come in many colors and is often tied in elaborate knots. Cords come in many colors, in shiny mylar foil, wrapped in silk thread, or simply painted. It conveys the message of joy, happiness and, appreciation.