Tenugui are one of the most typical Japanese traditional crafts with utilitarian and aesthetic purpose together. These thin woven cotton hand towels are dyed with wonderful designs and colors. They are beautiful as well as durable for everyday use.
A tenugui's dimensions are often 33cm X 90cm (13in X 35 7/16in). (Please be advised that tenugui are very thin, not so much thick as western style towels.)
"Te" means hands and "gui" means wiping. Tenugui have been loved by Japanense people for over 1,000 years as hand towels and wiping sweats.
In Japan where the climate is humid, people prefer thin Tenugui that dry very quickly to keep them sanitary. To be dried quickly, the both edges of tenugui are not sewed. Although tenugui are very thin, they absorb lots of water.
Tenugui can be utilized for:
- Hand or face towel
- Head covering and fashion item (such as bandana)
- Dish towel
- Table placement
- Home decor
The retail prices of tenugui in Japan are often from 800 to 2,000 Japanese Yen (~$8 - $20 US dollors). However, elderly people believe that tenugui are something that are given for free, because in the past, tenugui were distributed to neighborhoods as companies' or shops' ads.
People enjoy different design tenugui from season to season. Tenugui come in wide variety of designs. Designs are flowers, trees, birds, animals, insects, folktales, Ukiyo-e, traditional or contemporary motifs. Hundreds of designs are created each year and also are lasting for years.Tenugui are consumable products among people.
Nipponcraft.com mainly deals tenugui dyed by the traditional "Chu-sen" method. With Chu-sen method, the dyes are poured over the surface of cloths from a pitcher, and a vacuum pump set beneath sucks the dyes quickly. Chu-sen method was greatly improved around 1900 year in Osaka, which enabled producing inexpensive fabrics for mass consumption.
Chu-sen tenugui does not have right and wrong sides to the design image. Both sides are beautifully dyed. If you have a look at an automated silk screen or textile-ink printed tenugui, you can tell the clear difference of beauty. Chu-sen tenugui have more traditional and warm tastes than 'printed' tenugui.
Only natural and non-toxic materials are used throughout the entire production process of Chu-sen method.
It is prevalent in Japan that shops, hotels, schools and many organization make their own logo tenugui for gifts and advertisements.
We will accept your custom order tenugui. We dye your design on tenugui by Chu-sen method. For your custom order inquiry, please visit here.
Please enjoy tenugui! They are natural and non-toxic!
Please see our tenugui demonstration in this document.