Tenugui is a traditional Japanese handicraft that has been used since the Edo period. Much like the western handkerchief, tenugui is used to wipe the hands and face with. However, because of way it is manufactured, tenugui is much more absorbent than most western cloths. The reason that the towel is more absorbent than western cloths is because a Japanese bleaching technique is used before the towels are dyed. Western bleaching processes emphasize production efficiency where the fabric is whitened in a half an hour to an hour. With tenugui, it is bleached for several days to not stress the fabric allowing the cotton to maintain its original softness and full absorbent capacity. When the plain cloth is printed with traditional patterns handed down in Japan from ancient times it becomes tenugui dyed by a technique called chusen at the Kanno Orimono Corporation.
Our Traditional Towels is dyed using traditional hand dyeing techniques unique to Japan called "Chusen".The back side is the same design.The back side is not white.You can use it without worrying about the front and back.
Our Artistic Towels is printed with inkjet using dye ink. Inkjetprints can be beautifully reproduced,such a design with many colors like a phot and gradation.
How to Use？
Tenugui can be put to a variety of uses limited only by your imagination. Wrapping gifts using tenugui is beautiful way to present a gift and is very useful because the person receiving the gift can then use the tenugui later on. This is a good alternative to gift wrap that is environmentally friendly and uniquely handmade in Japan. Many patterns have intrinsic meanings. Some patterns are for bringing good luck, protecting from evil, and for wealth and prosperity. We suggest you frame the tenugui for more refined display, especially if you purchase a cloth because of its intrinsic meaning.