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Shibori dyeing applied by a traditional craftsman from Kyoto.
It's a beautiful piece of art, but practical because it is made to be used.
This tenugui gets better and softer overtime when used!
Shibori is considered to be one of the oldest indigo dye techniques in Japan.
The earliest examples of shibori textiles date all the way back to the 8th century.
Back in the Nara period (AD 710 to 794), it was used widely to make patterns for clothes.
What's the difference between Tye-dye and Shibori?
The tie-dye we know from the 1960s generally uses one more straightforward technique of twisting and tying the middle of the shirt to create a psychedelic spiral design. Shibori artists use thread to isolate many small repeated points on the fabric; after dyeing these spots of color create captivating designs, that tend to be far more intricate and detailed than modern tie-dye.
Using several techniques such as tying with strings, hand stitching, compressing by wooden boards, just to name a few, creates different effects such as bleeding and blurring. Each tenugui has a slightly different pattern from others and that is one of the unique characteristics of Shibori.
The fabric used for this tenugui is called Sarashi and it is made carefully by hand.
The Sarashi fabric is very absorbent and dries quickly.
Another great feature about this tenugui is that the more you use, the better and softer it gets.
This type of fabric is used for yukata (summer kimono) because of its softness.
What is the difference between a regular towel and a tenugui towel?
They're both made of the same material which is cotton.
A tenugui does not have the same absorbency as a towel, but it dries faster and doesn't clutter.
Why are the sides not sewn together (the "unfinished" look)?
Tenugui started as a cloth being cut from a long piece accordingly to the person's needs.
The person can have it as short or as long as they wanted.
This is the reason why the sides look like they were just cut (and the "unfinished" look stuck around).
Plus it's less-bulky and dries quickly when wet.
For those who want to use it as a handkerchief, folding into thirds will yield a good size.
Repetitive patterns work well in that it can be cut anywhere and design consistency will be retained.
At its many techniques, its connection to the world of indigo dyeing, and the contemporary designers keeping the form alive today.
■Made in Kyoyo, Japan
■Dimensions : 36 x 90cm (14" x 35")
■Materials : 100% Cotton
How to use
Use a body wash towel, head wrap, face mask, use to wipe off sweat, etc.
And unlike towels, it doesn't leave lint or small pieces when wiping down glass products and windows.
●Tenugui Kyoto Kanoko series
- Arc pattern
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