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7 Ways to Use Beautiful Japanese Tenugui in Everyday Life

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Are you also falling for the latest Japanese tenugui trend? Since it’s quick to dry and gathers no dust, tenugui, known as Japanese hand towels, is perfect for cleaning and wiping, but it’s so much more than that.

Anyone who appreciates quality home goods will fall in love with the soft fabric and natural dye patterns of a tenugui. The thin, unhemmed fabric in a very particular size (34 by 90 cm) makes it stand out from other types of fabrics and towels. Here are 7 ways to bring the art of tenugui alive in your everyday life!


1. Bento wrap

Out with the paper bags! Not only is tenugui reusable and more eco-friendly, it also doubles as a placemat when unwrapped.


2. Bottle Sleeve

Tenugui is a lightweight protection for your favorite bottle, and if you’re bringing wine, pay attention to the pattern (often seasonal or nature-inspired) to honor the occasion and the recipient!


3. Placemat or Tablecloth

Placing a tenugui for the guest is a refined gesture of hospitality. When used for yourself, it’s an easy way to swap themes for the table (even on top of an existing tablecloth!)


4. Organizer

DIY your tenugui display set with a wooden hanger, or make it into an organizer with four clothespins like we did!


5. Headband

Wrapping around the forehead to absorb sweat and to pull back your hair is one of tenugui’s more traditional uses, whether you’re a sumo, a chef or a housewife. No wonder it’s become a symbol of craftsmanship and dedication!


6. Handy Add-on

Keep a tenugui with you and it’ll come handy throughout the day. Ran into an unexpected drizzle? Use it to cover up your bag. Need more hands while shopping? Tie it around your handbag handles, and you’ll have a shoulder bag.


7. Giftwrapping

Traditionally associated with artistic values, a tenugui makes truly personalized gift packaging because the recipient will keep it close by for years to come.


If you’re wrapping a gift with a tenugui, remember to share these tips with the lucky recipient!

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