KAMAWANU - Japanese Tenugui Towel

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FORTUNE TENUGUI TOWEL BOOK

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TENUGUI TOWEL STORY

The Japanese tenugui is a perfect union of traditional craftsmanship and modern functionality.
Each item is carefully handcrafted with utmost care by master craftsmen.

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FOR YOUR HOME

Kamawanu tenugui are multi-purpose
accessories designed to complement your home life in a variety of ways that are both functional and decorative. Tenugui can be used as table runners, placemats, napkins, and as modern ornamentation to bring a splash of color and Japanese taste to your home.

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How to Use

ACCESSORIZE

Kamawanu tenugui are the perfect accessories to help offset your wardrobe! Chic, modern, and subdued, they can be worn as breezy scarves, as bandanas, or used in a variety of other ways.

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OUR STORY

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.

A craftsman carefully pours the dye.
 
One of Kamawanu’s craftspeople creating the stencils used to dye our tenugui.

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.

Rinsing one of the tenugui

Clay paste applied to create stencil masks

The finished tenugui-note the soft and relaxed colors!

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!

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Tenugui work excellently as ad-hoc bags.
Just tie a few knots and your fashionable scarf becomes the perfect bag or purse… Or better yet, accessorize and use two tenugui—one as a scarf and one as a bag!

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Tenugui are functional in a variety of situations
They last a very long time and can be used in many ways

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