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Colorful, scrappy gift wrap

April 17, 2008|Craig Nakano

Think of it as tree-free paper: textile remnants from garment factories turned into decorative gift wrap. The fine paper and gift store Soolip sells the designs, which come in colorful florals and stately prints -- a selection of about 100 patterns. "People really like the fact that it's recycled," manager Constantine Del Rosario says. Discarded cotton scraps have been remade into sheets about 30 inches wide and 19 inches long, each with a heft that's more like wallpaper than traditional wrapping paper. The price: $6 apiece. 8646 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (310) 360-0545, www.soolip.com.

-- Craig Nakano

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