Tenugui, Komon Traditional

$ 20

Utilizing traditional Japanese patterns and motifs, the timeless designs of these tenugui are sure to add a Japanese touch, no matter how they’re used.

Made from 100% cotton and hand-dyed using the “chusen” technique, Kamawanu’s tenugui can be used in a variety of different ways--whether it be for wrapping, covering, in the kitchen, as accessories, or as interior decoration. The sky’s the limit with these versatile pieces.

History of Tenugui:

Originally used as accessories in Shinto rituals, tenugui (dyed cotton cloth) gained popularity into the Edo period (1592-1868) of Japan and became an item necessary for daily life. In the Meiji period (1868-1912,) a dyeing technique called “Chusen” was devised, and revolutionized the industry. Nowadays, tenugui are viewed not only for their usefulness in daily life, but also for their artistic properties; there are a variety of colors and patterns of tenugui, and as many ways to use them as you can imagine.

Kamawanu’s Tenugui:

Kamawanu’s craftsmen make tenugui in large volumes using the “Chusen” dyeing technique--each tenugui is a bleached cotton cloth, and the dyeing process varies depending on the day’s weather, temperature, and humidity. Each tenugui is dyed by hand, creating a unique piece with each batch. Because of the dyeing technique used, colors will inevitably fade with each wash--however, the texture will also soften with each wash, a unique quality of the “Chusen” dyeing technique.


• 12" W x 35" L

100% Cotton

• Hand wash in plenty of water (do not use detergent or hot water)
• Hang up to dry (avoid direct sunlight)

• Tokyo, Japan