Tenugui Towel Cotton Gauze Japanese Fabric 'Blue Green Karakusa' Vine Motif

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Seller: kyotocollection (23,045) 100%, Location: Los Angeles, California, Ships to: US, GB, FR, AU, Item: 311399020662 Tenugui are traditional Japanese cotton cloths. This one features a traditional karakusa vines motif on a blue green base. It's double sided and is about 13" wide and 35" long(33cm x 88.9cm). Tenugui were originally used as hand towels(the word tenugui literally means 'hand-wipe') and as head coverings, similar to bandanas. As terry cloth towels came into wide use in Japan, the demand for tenugui as towels decreased. But thanks to a steady flow of new designs as well as faithful, high quality reproductions of classic motifs, tenugui remain popular for various other uses, not only in Japan, but abroad. If you've purchased my furoshiki wrapping cloths, please note that tenugui are distinct in that unlike furoshiki and western style bandanas, the ends are left unfinished. Because the ends are not sewn, the horizontal threads(the woof) may fray a bit as it's used. If you wash your tenugui or furoshiki, I recommend hand washing for at least the first few times. The raw ends of tenugui will gradually tighten after being washed a few times. This one and others that note 'cotton gauze' in the listing title are especially suited for use as head coverings, as the gauze is breathable and absorbs perspiration well. It's also fast drying and durable and gets softer and softer with use. If you zoom in with your mouse on the closeup photo, you can see the texture more clearly. If there's a Japanese festival near you and you plan to take part, these are just the way to get into the spirit! And even if you don't have such a chance, these cotton gauze tenugui are a great alternative to a bandana when you're playing tennis, hiking, cycling, doing yard work, etc. Around the house, they make wonderful room accents, whether on the wall or as table runners and place mats. This fabric is similar to the type used for my popular Kyoto made nemaki house robes, another wonderful way to add a Japanese touch to your daily routine. And good news for folks in the U.S.! Thanks to your support our California office for domestic orders is up and running and this tenugui is in stock. Get it fast via USPS and rest assured with tracking and insurance already included in the price. We also ship this item to select countries outside the US via Japan Post from our main office in Kyoto, so please allow about 2-3 weeks for delivery if you live outside the US. And as always, shipping is FREE! If you buy more than one item, please use the cart and wait to pay until you finish shopping. Thanks for visiting! Condition: New, Modified Item: No, Country/Region of Manufacture: Japan, Culture: Japanese, Featured Refinements: Tenugui

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