2016 No.19

ニッポンみやげSouvenirs of Japan


Traditional and Contemporary Appeal

Photos by PIXTA, Aflo

Tenugui is a traditional towel of great versatility going back to ancient Japan. The name originally derived from te (hand) and nuguu (wipe), which implies varied usage: sweat absorber and wipe, bath washcloth, head wrap as sunscreen or bandana. Thanks to superior water absorbency, cotton is the material of choice. Patterns range from simple to painterly, in dynamic designs that today are appealing for contemporary interiors as wall decor. Tenugui is the ideal souvenir or gift from Japan: eminently portable and light, with traditional to pop patterns for friends and family of all ages.