Kamawanu Tenugui - Blue dots on white "Mame-shibori"

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This dotted design has been a popular pattern in Japan for a long time. Mame means peas or beans as well as robust or healthy. So it is common to use dots on fabric as a symbol of good health and long life. Shibori means to wring, squeeze or press referring to a Japanese method of manual tie-dyeing technique, which can produce a number of different patterns on fabric. In modern times these patterns are created using stencil dyeing or printing techniques, so the dots are consistent but back when they were originally tie-dyed by hand, it resulted in the dots having irregular and unique shapes.

Size: 30cm x 90cm

Material: Cotton

Producer: Kamawanu

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.