Tenugui 'Navy Hanabi Fireworks' Fabric Japanese Cotton Gauze w/Free Insured Shipping

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
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This tenugui features 'hanabi' fireworks on a navy base.

Tenugui are traditional Japanese cotton cloths. This one's double sided with a front and back side and is about 33cm x 88.9cm(13" x 35").

Tenugui were originally used as hand towels(the word tenugui literally means 'hand-wipe' and as head coverings, similar to bandanas. As terry cloth towels came into wide use in Japan, the demand for tenugui as towels decreased. But thanks to a steady flow of new designs as well as faithful, high quality reproductions of classic motifs, tenugui remain popular for various other uses, not only in Japan, but abroad.

If you've purchased my furoshiki wrapping cloths, please note that this cotton gauze is more porous and might not be as suitable for some fabric projects. And unlike my furoshiki, tenugui are not finished at the ends, threads are left loose.

Because the ends are not sewn, the horizontal threads(the woof may fray a bit as it's used. If you wash your tenugui, I recommend hand washing for at least the first few times. The raw ends of tenugui will gradually tighten after being washed a few times.

This one and others that note 'cotton gauze' in the listing title are also great for use as head coverings, as the gauze is breathable and absorbs perspiration well. It's also fast drying and durable and gets softer and softer with use. If there's a Japanese festival near you and you plan to take part, these are just the way to get into the spirit!

And even if you don't have such a chance, these cotton gauze tenugui are a great alternative to a bandana when you're playing tennis, hiking, cycling, doing yard work, etc.

I have a Gauze Tenugui section in my shop where you can easily view lots of gauze designs:


Around the house, they work wonderfully as material if you're making room accents, whether on the wall or as table runners and place mats.

And good news for folks in the U.S.!

Thanks to your support our California office for domestic orders is up and running and this tenugui is in stock.

Get it fast via USPS and rest assured with tracking and insurance already included in the price.
We also ship to select countries outside the US from our main office in Kyoto, Japan. If you live outside the US, please allow about 2-3 weeks for your package to arrive via Japan Post.

Thanks for visiting!

Average review
Gorgeous blue-and-white tenugui selection, I'm collecting them all! Thank you for shipping so quickly, too.
Dec 19, 2017 by Marianne Mukai
Nov 25, 2017 by lilianchee170
Oct 12, 2016 by jsteele
Wonderful Tenugui, excellent quality, thank you!
Mar 20, 2016 by Daniela Torres-Pino
Great quality, shipped quickly, congenial and accommodating seller. Thank you!
Feb 2, 2016 by Lilybat

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Arrives from the United States
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I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
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The following items can't be returned or exchanged
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