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Maneki Neko with Parasols Maneki Neko with Parasols
Item code: xtg24

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Japanese Tenugui


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Description:
  • Cotton, Japanese tenugui (hand towel). The design is Maneki Neko (Beckoning Cat; also known as Welcoming Cat, Lucky Cat, Money cat, or Fortune Cat).

  • Tenugui are thin cotton towels popular and traditional in Japan. Japanese hand towels are traditionally smooth cotton with raw cut ends.

  • Many people collect tenugui. They look good framed or with bamboo rod attached to each end and hung like a scroll. Sometimes they are worn as headbands. In Japan they are used as hand and face towels and as hot weather & sports sweat towels.

  • History of Tenugui
    In the Heian period (AD 794 - 1192) tenugui were used as accessories for Shinto rituals. Cloth was such a precious item that the use of tenugui not widespread among the people. From the Kamakura period (1192 - 1333) onward, tenugui gradually became popular. In the Edo period (1592 - 1868) cotton began to be cultivated in various parts of Japan and tenugui became considered an essential item. It was around this time that people started to regard it as a special item, not only in terms of its functions but in terms of its artistic value.
    Then a contest called “Tenugui-Aw Ase” became a widespread event where people tried to win with their original designs on them. Such competition contributed to the development of new dyeing techniques. In the Meiji era (1868 - 1912) a dyeing technique called “Chusen” was devised and it extensively revolutionized the
    industry. In or around the Showa period (1926 - 1989), a variety of associations were formed by people who love tenugui and such associations spread throughout Japan, with tenugui as an item which is no longer within the realm of daily necessity. Today there are many different colors and patterns of tenugui and they are used in various ways, including towels and headbands, and many people collect them.

  • Made and bought in Japan

  • Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently. Therefore the colour in the photos and description is a guide only

    Condition:
    New and unused

    Measurements approx.:
    Length: 91 cm
    Width: 34.5 cm
    Weight: 0.04 Kg

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    Additional Information
    One must bear in mind that most are vintage items, which I strive to describe accurately and honestly. A very few smell of mothballs or a touch of vintage mustiness, most do not. This can be aired out and this can be speeded up by tumble drying the dry garment at warm. I usually mention it in the listing if one does but one must bear it in mind as a possibility when buying vintage and antique items.
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