Japanese Classic Pattern Bandana
The Japanese tenugui is a perfect union of traditional craftsmanship and modern functionality.
Each item is carefully handcrafted with utmost care by master craftsmen.
Based in Tokyo, Kamawanu has been producing our original tenugui designs since 1990. Tenugui have been part of Japanese culture since the Heian period (794 to 1185), first as a utilitarian object for drying one’s hands and later as fashion accessories in old Edo (now Tokyo). Our tenugui are created by master craftsmen using a mix of traditional and contemporary techniques and technologies.
The patterns on our tenugui are fresh and modern, yet inspired by historic Japanese aesthetics. Our office are based in lively Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s cultural hubs, the perfect spot to identify what connects with some of the world’s most discerning customers.
The more you wash a tenugui, the softer it becomes. Tenugui are dyed, not printed, using a technique called “chusen” which dyes all the way through the material and makes it reversible. Chusen-dyed colors slowly slightly fade with time, providing the experience of the colors “settling” with regular use. With more use and washing, Kamawanu tenugui become intimate objects, reflecting the Japanese term “mono no aware”, or an empathy for objects.
All of our tenugui are made by hand by master craftsmen who earn a living wage. Each batch of tenugui is the result of hours of care and labor by individuals attentive to the smallest details—how craft should be!