TENUGUI, a piece of dyed cotton cloth, has always been an essential tool for Japanese. Not only was it used as a
wiping tool such as a towel or a handkerchief, it was also used as a bandage and a headwear in the old day. On the
other hand, since it was possible to dye various graphic designs on the TENUGUI, it also came to be used in the place
of a greeting card or a business card. And recently, people have found even more ways to use it, from place mats to
tapestry for decorating their homes.

In the Heian period (AD794-1192) TENUGUI was used as accessories for Shinto rituals. Cloth was such a precious item that the
people during the Nara period (710-794).
From the Kamakura period (1192-1333) on, it gradually became popular. In the Edo period (1592-1868) cotton began to be
cultivated in various parts of Japan and TENUGUI this time that people started to regard it as a valuable item not only in terms of
its functions but in terms of its artistic value. Then a contest called “TENUGUI-AWASE” became a widespread event among a certain
type of people who tried to win with their original designs on TENUGUI. Such competition competition contributed to the development
of new dyeing techniques. In the Meiji era (1868-1912) a dyeing technique called “Chusen” was devised and it extensively
revolutionized the industry. In or around the Showa period (1926-1989), a variety of associations were formed by people who love
TENUGUI and such associations spread throughout the country with TENUGUI as an item which is no longer within the realm of
daily necessities. Today there are many different colors and patterns of TENUGUI and people have free minds of how to use
TENUGUI.

 

MATERIALS

The fabric used for our TENUGUI is highest quality Japanese premium
cotton. Users will immediately notice its superb water absorption and
quick drying properties, as well as its extremely soft and comfortable
touch. Our TENUGUI continues to absorb moisture even when wet and
doesn’t cling to the skin. We would like many people to know about, and
feel, the advantages of TENUGUI in their daily life.

STENCILS

The technique used for dyeing our TENUGUI is a traditional Japanese stencil
dyeing method called Ise Katagami. A few sheets of durable Japanese Washi
paper are bound together and persimmon tannin is then applied. Experienced
craftsman carve the paper one by one with a chisel. When the carving is
ready, a thin mesh of silk, called “sha”, is applied to the surface, and finally,
lacquer is applied. Each procedure, carving and applying the silk and lacquer,
requires tremendous concentration and time-honored techniques of experienced
craftsmen. Our TENUGUI is one of the culminating forms of these
craftsmen’s skill that we wish to pass on to future generations.

DYEING

The method used for dyeing our TENUGUI is called “Chusen” which is one
of the traditional Japanese dyeing techniques. Chusen dyeing is known for
its delicate color gradation and its double-sided coloration. Each part of
the process is done by hand by a specialized craftsman giving an incredibly
delicate color to the textile which can only be achieved by the
experienced craftsmen’s extraordinary thoroughness. We would like users
to appreciate the traditional colors and the sense of artistry from old
Japan. Dyes produce different shades of colors depending upon each day’s
weather, temperature, and humidity. Because TENUGUI is dyed by hand,
all products may not be exactly the same, and dyes may come out uneven.
It will be great pleasure if you can enjoy our hand-made TENUGUI for its
unique individual texture and appearance.

HOW TO USE

There are no rules to using TENUGUI. It can be used as wall hanging, wrapping material, scarf,hand towel and so on. The more you use TENUGUI, the more you will discover the joys of its many function. Use your imagination and creativity and enjoy your original way of using TENUGUI.

DESIGNS

The designs of our TENUGUI are all completely original by young artists who live in Nara, like Nara, and know Nara’s historical culture well. Inspired by Nara’s nature, historical elements, and traditional culture, they give a vivid description with a modern and fashionable approach.
1300 years of Nara culture and history take on a new life with a modem feeling. We hope you enjoy our dynamic and unique patterns.

Wakakusa baked
■SIZE : 370×900mm (14.56×35.433inc)
■MATERIAL : Cotton 100%

A refreshing image that captures the fire festival ‘Wakakusa-Yamayaki’ which is held at the beginning of the year in Nara. This scene shows fireworks beautifully decorating the night sky.

Price U$21 (sales tax including)

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Autumn leaves
■SIZE : 370×900mm (14.56×35.433inc)
■MATERIAL : Cotton 100%

There are many places in Nara well-known for their autumn foliage. The red leaves return triumphantly each year to add color to the mountains. This design shows the changing of the seasons, represented by Naramachi’s falling leaves.

Price U$16 (sales tax including)

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Yorozu lanterns
■SIZE : 370×900mm (14.56×35.433inc)
■MATERIAL : Cotton 100%

Summer and Winter is welcomed by thousands of burning lanterns at the ‘To-kae’ event each year. This makes for a dream-like spectacle.

Price U$20 (sales tax including)

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Full Moon
■SIZE : 370×900mm (14.56×35.433inc)
■MATERIAL : Cotton 100%

The full moon shines on the other side of the 'shoji' paper screen, which makes full use of shadows. This expresses the charming long nights of autumn.

Price U$16 (sales tax including)

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Deer playing
■SIZE : 370×900mm (14.56×35.433inc)
■MATERIAL : Cotton 100%

A design that captures the image of deer playing in the autumn leaves.

Price U$15 (sales tax including)

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Brush
■SIZE : 370×900mm (14.56×35.433inc)
■MATERIAL : Cotton 100%

Each of Nara’s brushes are handcrafted with skilful techniques that are in tune with each other. This design expresses one of Nara’s traditional crafts which is passed down even today.

Price U$12 (sales tax including)

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