Cats & Mottos Tenugui
  • A cotton, Japanese tenugui (hand towel).
  • This design is proverb. 
    Orge with an iron club should be ogre with an iron club, it is a rather sweet mistranslation by the Japanese. The ogre is oni - oni with an iron club, that is, to be invincible or undefeatable. It can also be used in the sense of "strong beyond strong", or having one's natural quality enhanced or supplemented by the use of some tool.
  • Tenugui are lightweight hand towels, popular and traditional in Japan, and are traditionally lightweight, smooth cotton with raw cut ends.
  • Many people collect tenugui. They also 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, often worn around the neck. They can even be used as long furoshiki, to wrap, or as carriers for items, such as a bottle of wine,
  • 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 was 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 them 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 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 in and bought from Japan
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New and unused


Measurements approx.:

Length: 90 cm

Width: 34.5 cm

Weight: 0.04 Kg

Cats & Mottos Tenugui

SKU: xtg8
  • A Japanese noren is a type of split curtain, usually hung over doors and walked through but also makes a great wall hanging. They are traditioanlly used at the doors of tea houses and often on shop doorways too.