Tenugui and Kamawanu
Directly-managed stores KAMAWANU and MAMEGUI
23-1, Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku,
6F, GRANDUO, 3-2-1, Shibasaki-cho,
Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
Ota Memorial Museum of Art B1, 1-10-10, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
4F, Marunochi Shin-Marunouchi Building, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
1-29-6, Asakusa, Taito-ku,
Mosaic Street, 1-1-3, Nishishinjuku,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
TOKYO STATION CITY GRANSTA, 1-9-1, Marunochi , Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
TOKYO SKYTREE -MAMEGUI
4F, TOKYO Solamachi, 1-1-2, Oshiage,
Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan
GRANSTA -SHARED TOKYO
TOKYO STATION CITY GRANSTA, 1-9-1,
Marunochi , Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
11F, JR Nagoya Takashimaya,
A Rambling Talk about TENUGUI (a piece of dyed cotton cloth)
History of TENUGUI
In the Heian period (AD 794 - 1192) TENUGUI was used as accessories for Shinto rituals. Cloth was such a precious item that the use of the item was not widespread among the people during the Nara period (710 - 794). From the Kamakura period (1192 - 1333) on, it gradually became popular. In the Edo period (1592 - 1868) cotton began to be cultivated in various parts of Japan and TENUGUI became a necessary item for living.
It was around this time that people started to regard it as a valuable item not only in terms of its functions but in terms of its artistic value.
Then a contest called “TENUGUI-AWASE” became a widespread event among a certain type of people who tried to win with their original designs on TENUGUI.
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 the country with TENUGUI as an item which is no longer within the realm of daily necessities.
Today there are many different colors and patterns of TENUGUI and people have free minds of how to use TENUGUI.
The “Chusen” dyeing technique has been around since the Meiji period and KAMAWANU’s craftsmen have been making KAMAWANU’s TENUGUI in large volumes using the technique.
Its TENUGUI is a bleached cotton cloth which is about 34 cm wide and 90 cm long. Dyes produce different shades of colors depending upon each day’s weather, temperature and humidity, and it is inevitable that , the colors of dyed TENUGUI will fade away. However, each washing will soften the cloth and you will come to enjoy the texture of it. This is the unique quality of the “Chusen dyeing” technique, defying competition by other techniques.
Both ends of TENUGUI are simply cut off and left alone. A bleached seamless cotton cloth is clean because it will dry easily and attract no dust. In a hot and humid country like Japan, it is only natural that such TENUGUI is available. There are no rules in the way to use TENUGUI.
Because TENUGUI is dyed by hand, all products may not be shaped exactly the same and the dyes may come out uneven but it will be our great pleasure if you can enjoy our hand-made TENUGUI for its unique texture and appearance.
How to Use TENUGUI
There are no rules in the way of using TENUGUI.
TENUGUI can be used in a variety of ways as described below:
As a wiping tool
TENUGUI can be used as a wiping tool for a variety of things.
On a rainy day it will wipe raindrops from your clothing.
In summer it will wipe sweat from your face.
It can also be used for wiping your eye-glasses and of cause after you wash your hands.
In the kitchen
In the kitchen there are used many things made of cloth like dishcloths.
You can use TENUGUI every day and keep it clean, because it will dry easily.
* Since TENUGUI will lose its colors, use TENUGUI of light colors.
TENUGUI will come in handy if you take it with you in your bag.
You can use it for wrapping up a book you have borrowed from a friend of yours, or for packing up the fruit someone has given you for a gift or for wrapping up other things you are going to send to someone as a gift.
You will be happy to receive a gift wrapped up in something that can also be used later.
TENUGUI can also be used as upholstery.
You can use TENUGUI under a flower vase or a knick-knack, or how would you like to enjoy the view of each season in your room by using TENUGUI?
There is no problem if your bag has no top or cover.
TENUGUI can be a cover of your bag. You can also use it to cover an open shelf.
When you have an important guest, you can offer a TENUGUI in place of a napkin or a hand towel.
If TENUGUI has a beautiful seasonal pattern, it might help you to carry on a lively conversation.
TENUGUI has a variety of designs such as seasonal scenery or a pattern of good luck.
When you send someone TENUGUI as a gift, you can choose a pattern that suits the recipient’s taste.
It is in good taste to send those TENUGUI as a token of appreciation.
For Long-lasting Use of TENUGUI
Washing method :
(do not expose TENUGUI to direct sunlight).
If you follow these rules in washing your TENUGUI, it will slow down the pace of colors fading away, and the cloth will soften.
Then it will become TENUGUI with a special texture and appearance to suit your taste.