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Nijiyura cotton Tenugui cloth, hand-dyed by a traditional Chusen technique.

Tenugui are multi-purpose cotton cloths that can be used to wrap bento boxes (lunch boxes) or gifts, serve as napkins, be worn as an accessory (scarf or bandana), as interior decoration and in many other ways.

Tenugui literally means "hand dry", but despite being traditionally used for this purpose, they are delicate and beautifully decorated.

Nijiyura tenugui are hand dyed using the traditional Chu-sen method developed in Osaka during the Meiji era. Since this period, tenugui have also been widely used in many traditional Japanese performing arts.

Nijiyura Chusen Tenugui Cloth - Okome (rice)

  • - Size: Approx 37cm x 90cm

    - Material: 100% Cotton
    - Care: We recommend that you hand wash separately with cold water and mild detergent to prolong their life.
    - Made in Osaka, Japan


    About design


    This tenugui shows an image of rice. The Japanese word for rice is okome or gohan. 


    Here is how to cook delicious Japanese rice :


    First, rinse the rice a few times until the water runs clear. Then, put it in a pan with cold water. Use the same number of cups of water as the rice.  Cook covered on medium heat for about 20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed, you can usually see small bubbles popping on the surface of the rice. Turn off the heat and allow the rice to steam for 5 minutes. The rice will become fluffy and will be ready to eat. (Nowadays most Japanese people use a rice cooker though . But even if you use a rice cooker you still need to wash the rice).

    Please read before you order

    Tenugui are not stitched at the ends and will fray in the beginning. This is for the purpose of quick drying and keeping the cloth clean. You can trim any loose threads with scissors. The fraying process will stop after a few washes and make natural fringes.

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