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This website is a shopping site of "Tenugui" which is a traditional Japanese towel.It is operated by A long-established tenugui wholesaler "Kanno Orimono" founded in 1923.
We also introduce the feature of "Japanese towel"different from Western handkerchief.

About Japanese Towels or “ Tenugui ”

Four seasons of Japan

Making Tenugui

How to Use

» What is "Tenugui"?

― Dyeing Process ―

Japanese hand towels or tenugui have been used by the people of Japan since the mid-1600ʼs. In the Meji Era, they began dyeing the cloth using a technique called “chuusen” which is unique to Japan.
The chuusen dyeing technique used to create Japanese towels or tenugui is a method where the dye is repeatedly poured on top of the textile, leading to a lack of dye on the reverse side.
Borders are created through the use of dye-resistant adhesives between which the dyes are applied. This creates patterns with a unique haziness and warmth rather than the starkly-defined design as in screen-printing.
The chussen dyeing process is distinctive in its use of repeated dyeing to create a pattern layer by layer. All of our Kanno Towels are made using this traditional dyeing process.

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How to Use

Kanno Japanese Towels are made with a special wazarashi (cotton-bleaching) process that takes over 24 hours. This makes the hand towels softer, more absorbent, and easier to wring out than handkerchiefs made using western techniques.

Traditionally tenugui towels were used in Japan as a hand towels or wrapped around the head. Now days, they are still used for both of these things and also as beautiful decorative tapestries for framing or a table, wrapping gifts, and as a stylish accessory. They are the perfect unique handmade gift from Japan.

Out hand towels can be put to a variety of uses limited only by your imagination.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chusen?

Chusen is a dyeing process used where glue is put onto the parts of fabric not going to be dyed. The dye is poured onto the fabric and the embankments created by the glue prevent these areas from being dyed. The separation of the dye using the glue allow many colors to be used at once and leaves an attractive pattern on back. This is a traditional dyeing technique used with all tenugui and is used to create Kanno Towels.

What's the difference between a hand dyed towel and a hand printed towel?

The main difference between these two dying techniques is that the dye seeps through the back of the hand dyed towel while the back of a hand printed towel will be white with the patterns only faintly showing through. Hand printed towels allow for more intricate designs and there can be a degree of color loss. All of Kanno Towels are created using this technique.

What is color variation?

Since our towels are all hand made, there may be a slight variation in color and thickness of the design with each of our towels. Some may be slightly darker or lighter and the thickness of the lines may vary slightly.

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