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Tenugui - a small work of art as a cloth

Tenugui - a small work of art as a cloth

How does an originally simple everyday object become a small work of art? The history of the Japanese towel, the Tenugui, shows how a 30x90cm piece of cotton became a popular gift and a wonderful decorative element.

Tenugui as art objects

Originally, the Tenugui cloth only had a practical use. As its name suggests, it was simply used to wipe hands (te) (nugui).
During the Edo period (1603-1868) the Japanese production and use of cotton increased and with it the spread of Tenugui. In public baths (sento), a tenugui cloth was part of the permanent equipment of every bathing guest. Due to the mass spread of the Japanese towel, however, the desire for special patterns and colors soon increased, which enable fashion-conscious people to stand out from the mass of uniformly colored Tenugui. So artists soon discovered it too Tenugui as the ideal medium for a little extra income. The resulting competition for ever new Tenugui designs also changed the perception of the original Tenugui everyday object and buyers were now increasingly influenced by aesthetic criteria when buying a towel. It is thanks to this development with its many designs and patterns that the Tenugui is still known today as a Decoration means is appreciated.
In Kendo, which is otherwise characterized by simplicity, that is Kendo Tenugui a good way to give visual expression to your individual taste and style.

Tenugui in what is now Japan

For tradition-conscious Japanese and kendo fans, the Tenugui cloth is still an indispensable everyday item. In Japanese households, however, the terry towel has largely replaced the tenugui as the most widely used towel. The fact that Tenugui can continue to be used as a gift or decoration is primarily due to its appearanceaesthetic advantages. Special dyeing methods, beautiful and diverse colored variants, as well as its traditional patterns, which cannot be found on any modern towel, make every good Tenugui a small work of art.

Tenugui dyeing techniques

Two different dyeing techniques are mainly used to dye a Tenugui:

  • in the Chusen or Honzome procedure the areas of the fabric that are not to be dyed are coated with starch beforehand before the entire Tenugui is dyed. This creates a pattern that is colored on both sides after the starch has been washed out.
  • The Wet dyeing technique however, it is more reminiscent of a printing process. With the help of a stencil, all areas intended for dyeing are fixed before the color is applied to the fabric of the Tenugui cloth with the help of a squeegee. With this method, more complex dyeings in different colors are possible, whereby the original process is repeated with each new color. The result of the Nassen method is a Tenugui cloth that is only dyed on one side, the back of which usually remains white.

Discover the beauty and multiple uses of the traditional Japanese towel! Whether as an appealing gift, as headgear in kendo or as a special one Packaging for gifts and small gifts, decorative items or simply as an artfully colored towel, the beauty of a tenugui can be used in different ways.