Japanese Towel – Yokikotokiku
Japanese towel "tenugui" is a cotton towel that absorbs water surprisingly. Strong and durable, use a tenugui as a hand towel and more! "Yokikotokiku" is a Japanese joke designed by a kabuki actor in the Edo period.
A familiar site during Japan's hot, humid summers is “tenugui,” colorful patterned cotton towels used for everything from whisking away sweat, to wrapping a lunch box. “Tenugui” literally means “something to wipe your hands on” in Japanese, but these versatile towels, made of strong, durable cotton, are certainly not just for drying hands. Available in a range of themes, patterns and colors, “tenugui” can add color to your daily life. During the hot summer, wet your tenugui in cool water, wring it soroughly and wrap it around your neck- it will surely cool you down.
The reason it is not sewn on both sides is to make it easier to dry, and also easier to change itself into something else.
In Japan, after wearing out a tenugui as a towel, we then use it to wipe tables, and then as cleaning cloth or diaper. Then after that, it can be torn into thin cloth and made into a colorful duster.
This tenugui depicts the print of Onoe Kikugoro, a famous kabuki actor. The Japanese words yoki (axe), koto (a Japanese stringed instrument), and kiku (chrysanthemum) are combined to read yokikotokiku, or “to hear something good.”
Materials: Cotton 100%
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