Tenugui - Cat Looking Outside and Plum Flower

$ 12.00


Product Details

Tenugui is a plain weave thin cotton cloth about 35½" x 13" in size. It has been used for centuries in Japan and became particularly ubiquitous during the edo period (17th to mid-19th centuries). It is almost always printed, and is used for a variety of purposes from washcloth to headband. 

The design of this tenugui is by Utagawa Hiroshige, one of the great masters of the ukiyo-e who had a significant impact on such artists as Monet and Gogh. The ukiyo-e depicts a slice of life of all sorts of creatures. One side of this tenugui shows a cat peeking out a window, and the other depicts a filed of plum trees in bloom which Gogh famously replicated.

The finish of this tenuqui is unique that all four sides are stitched. (Standard cotton fabric for tenugui is woven in 13" width so long sides are selvedges; cut sides are left unhemmed.)

Use the tenugui as dish towel, long bandana to wipe sweat or wrap your head like a ramen master. If you are interested in more background of tenugui, there is an excellent article in Tofugu.


  • 100% cotton
  • 35" x 12½” 
  • Made in Japan

Who Makes it

Yamamoto Jin Shoten of Kyoto is a textile converter in business since the 18th century. Combining tradition with modern taste they produce apparel and small textile goods. The tenugui are dyed in Osaka and sewn in Kyoto and Osaka.

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