A Tenugui (手拭い) is a thin traditional Japanese hand towel made of cotton.
It is typically about 35 by 90 centimeters in size, plain woven and is almost always dyed with some pattern.
It can be used for anything a towel could be used for - as a washcloth, dishcloth, but often as a headband, souvenir, decoration, or for wrapping items such as bottles and lunch boxes. Tenugui are still very popular as souvenirs, decorations, and as a head covering in kendo, where it functions as a sweatband, as extra padding beneath the headgear (men), and to identify the participants by team color.
These days it is also used as a facade for closets and cabinets, and also as an entry way divider for a room/door. Often times you can even see restaurants hang them at the entrance or kitchen entrance. Many are also framed as a scroll on the wall or as a flag. Its up to you to use them creatively!
Each purchase comes with ONE tenugui only.
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