Miyamoto’s chusen Tenugui brand “Kenema” (気音間) was named after the following three elements that sustain the aesthetic sense of the Japanese.
気 ke: Beautiful sentiment
音 ne: Beautiful tone
間 ma: Beautiful spacing
Chusen is a type of Japanese traditional stencil dyeing method. In this method, dyes are poured onto the layered fabric, which has been protected with a special glue so that only the stenciled areas are dyed to imprint the intended patterns. The finished fabric is dyed in the same pattern on both sides, featuring a soft texture and distinctive colors.
Tenugui has a long history. The oldest was found in a grave from around 300 AD. The samurai from the Kamakura period to the Edo period initially used them to mitigate sweat from under their helmets, however this then spread to the common people. They became popular in the Edo era when people began to become more design and fashion conscious. Women used Tenugui to cover their hair, Kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers made their own towels, and samurai used them to wrap their swords.
In addition to wiping hands, Tenugui can be used for towels in kitchens and bathrooms. Other uses include wrapping lunch boxes and wine bottles, wrapping hair, as a scarf, table cloth, various ways to use. It can also be a substitute for your important napkins and hand towels.
TIP: Add our reversible magnetic tapestry sticks to hang it as a wall feature anywhere in your home or office.
Dimensions: 35 x 90cm