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Ancient Linen Tenugui



Linen 100%

Made in Japan


36cm x 90cm


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This is a beautiful tenugui (hand towel) that is made of 100% linen using a traditional technique. Almost like silk, the fabric is lightweight, smooth and gentle to touch. It has excellent water absorption and divergence, and can be kept clean. It dries faster than cotton, so it will come in handy for housekeeping or even traveling. As a handkerchief or towel, or wrap it around your necks like a scarf to protect from the sun during your travels or outdoor activities.


Available in multiple colours that are reminiscent of seasonal moments in Japan.

  • Natural: Creamy off-white, it appears soothing in summer, warm in winter.
  • Matcha: Rich green of deep matcha green tea
  • Yellow: Beautiful bright yellow of Yamabuki (Japanese kerria) that blossom in spring.
  • Pink: Colour of deep red Tsubaki (camellia flower), a flower of modest splendour.


*Tenugui is a thin Japanese hand towel. Typically, tenugui are about 35 by 90 centimetres (14″ x 35′) in size, plain woven lightweight fabric. It may be used as washcloths or dishcloths. Also often used as headbands, decorations, or for wrapping bottles and similar items. Usually the long sides are finished as a selvage, and the short sides are just cut and so will show some fraying. If the loose thread is unraveled, you can trim it with scissors or leave the ends to continue to fray for a natural edge to appear.


*Please note that the colour may fade or run when washing. Refrain from using chlorine bleach.

Care Instructions


  • Machine-wash or hand wash separately in cold water.
  • Do not use chlorine bleach.
  • Avoid soaking.
  • Dry in shade. 


*Please note that the colour may fade or run when washing.

*It is the characteristics of a tenugui cloth for the raw material edge to be left unfinished. Fabric fraying will gradually lessen over several wash cycles. 


Since 1863

Nara, Japan

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Founded in 1863 in Japan, Okaimafu Shouten is the originator of “Nara zarashi” linen textile, which is a high quality fabric that can be pleasantly used in our daily life. In the city of Nara during the Edo period, fabricating this cloth was the main source of industry, with about 90% of Nara city residents involved in some way. 

However, after the Meiji Restoration, demand for this material dropped, forcing many traditional Nara zarashi makers to change or close their businesses.

Okaimafu has remained until today, now producing Nara zarashi linen only on a small scale by traditional craftsmen. They have lasted this long on the belief in the goodness of their linen fabrics and the desire for people to experience it in their daily life at home or work.


Living within Tradition

Shop Location


279 East 6th Ave

Vancouver, BC V5T 1J7



Phone: 604 423 3679

e-mail: info@itsumo.ca




Shop Hours


Tue ~ Sat: 11:00 ~ 18:00

Sun: 12:00 ~ 17:00

Mon: Closed


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