A Tenugui is a thin Japanese hand towel made of cotton and 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.
We collaborated with Kamawanu, a well respected maker, to produce our very own tokyobike Tenugui. Craftsmen dye them one by one using a traditional technique known as “Chu-sen” and with daily use you can watch the gentle fading of the cloth as it wares.
We will hold a Tenugui workshop in the Autumn that will explain more about the cultural significance and the day to day uses. Tenugui available online here.