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Janome is a Japanese symbol with a fascinating history. The name Janome means "snake eye," which is represented by concentric circles. These circles resemble the eye of a snake, and as such, the symbol is often used in Japanese folklore as a protective talisman against snakes. But the Janome is not just a symbol of protection; it also has a practical use. In fact, it is commonly used at the bottom of kikichoko, which are sake tasting cups that professionals use to evaluate the quality of a sake. The blue rings in the Janome symbol help the taster check for the gloss of the sake, while the white part is used to evaluate the colour and transparency. But the Janome symbol is not limited to kikichoko - it can be found on consumer sake cups, umbrellas, clothing, and tenugui.
It has also become a part of Japanese pop culture, appearing in various forms of media. The symbol has been featured in anime, manga, and video games, among other things. The Janome has even been used as a name for various products, such as Janome sewing machines. Janome is a fascinating symbol that has a rich history and practical use. Not only is it a symbol of protection against snakes, but it is also an essential tool for evaluating the quality of sake.
Size: 30cm x 90cm
Made in Tokyo, Japan
Hand-dyed with Japanese traditional dying technique "chusen"
The rich world of tenugui : The Japanese textile form of the tenugui has a rich and textured history that weaves together art and commercial uses. Still handcrafted by artisans in Tokyo shitamachi (old downtown), its versatility and affordability ensure it continues to evolve in exciting new ways even today.
Everyday art — versatile & practical : Tenugui are used for a multitude of purposes, from hand towel to headwear, bandage to business card, place mat to wall hanging. As every tenugui is handmade, each is unique. Their individual appeal grows with repeated use and washing, as the cloth softens and the dyes take on a well-used patina—natural qualities which we love here at CIBI.
Caring for your tenugui
While the long sides of the tenugui are finished selvages, the short ends are unfinished and will fray around 3 to 5mm. Just trim off the loose threads and the fraying will soon stop.
It is best to hand wash them in cool water without detergent. With each washing the tenugui will soften to become your own personal tenugui.
Caution: As all our tenugui are hand-dyed, some colours may run. Wash separate from white items.
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