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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 -Year of the Dragon

  • - Size: Approx 37cm x 60cm

    - 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 year (2024) is the Year of the Dragon.

    The Chinese zodiac signs each have their own meanings. Since ancient times, they have been used for various purposes, such as guiding efficient agriculture, predicting disasters, and serving as a compass for life's uncertainties. The Year of the Dragon is said to symbolize the dynamic growth and transformation of living beings, likened to a dragon soaring through the heavens. In essence, it signifies a year where things visibly and significantly evolve. It is anticipated to be a year of unexpected changes, breaking free from the constraints of past patterns, for better or worse.

    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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