Half folded tenugui with an image of princess Takiyasha and the skelton specter.
Folded and banded tenugui with close-up of the skelton specter.
Tenugui with images of princess Takiyasha on the left and the skelton specter attacking emperor's agents on the right.
Close-up of the skelton specter attacking emperor's agents.

Tenugui - Takiyasha the Witch and the Skelton Specter

Regular price $ 14.00

Tenugui are plain weave thin cotton cloths about 35" x 13" in size. They have been used for centuries in Japan for a variety of purposes, and many people use them as washcloths and headbands. 

The design of this tenugui is by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, one of the last great masters of ukiyo-e. It depicts a mythical revenge tale in which princess Takiyasha summons a giant skelton to crash the emperor's agents after her father, the 10th century provincial warlord Taira no Masakado who plotted to overthrow the emperor's rule in Kyoto, was defeated and decapitated.

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.)


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

Who Makes it

Yamamoto Jin Shoten of Kyoto is a textile converter that has been 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.