Tenugui Cotton Cloth – Katsuojima Indigo
Made in Japan
33cm x 90cm
Tenugui is a thin Japanese hand towel, rich in design, traditionally used for a multitude of purposes. Typically, tenugui fabrics are about 35 by 90 centimetres (14″ x 35”) in size, plain woven lightweight fabric. This tenugui is made with 100% thin cotton. Due to its excellent absorbency and quick-drying properties, the most common household use is that of a dish towel or washcloth. It’s an excellent cloth in kitchen or bathroom for keeping any surfaces clean and dry.
For creating a long lasting cloth that will continue to look and feel better with age and use, tenugui is made by skilled craftsmen using the traditional “Chusen” dyeing technique. This technique was established in the Meiji period in Japan, with the dye being poured through the cloth in such a way that allows it to seep all the way through each strand. The resulting patterns have no front or back, making each cloth completely reversible. Usually the long sides are finished with a selvage, and the short sides are left unfinished and may show some fraying. If the loose thread is unraveled, you can easily trim it with scissors. (Fabric fraying will gradually lessen over several wash cycles.)
The wide variety of appealing patterns or colours on every tenugui allows it to be used for many other decorative purposes such as a table runner or placemat. Worn as a headband or scarf, used to wrap a precious item for preservation. Use it to wrap a gift, a lunch box, or even a sake bottle. Beautiful and functional, tenugui is an excellent tool for every occasion and lifestyle.
Traditional dyeing technique may cause colour to run upon initial wash.
- Machine/hand wash separately in cold water.
- Do not bleach.
- Avoid soaking.
- Dry in shade.
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