This tenugui features a trio of 'maneki neko' beckoning cats dressed as samurai. At the top is the kanji character 'makoto.' It stands for sincerity and is often associated with the warrior code. Here you'll notice that a element of the kanji in the upper right has been playfully replaced by a cat's paw print!
It's made in Japan and printed with care on quality, 100% cotton and is about 90cm x 34cm(35.43" x 13.39").
Tenugui are traditional Japanese cotton cloths. They were originally used as hand towels and head bands, but are used today mainly as room accents and come in a huge variety of motifs.
This is one of a series of tenugui motifs that I have listed featuring maneki neko in various situations that you've probably never imagined before!
If you've purchased my furoshiki wrapping cloths, please note that tenugui cotton is a plain weave that is lighter that the fabric used for most of my furoshiki, and it is flat, with a plain texture, more similar to the sort of fabric used for bandanas, so it 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.
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.
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Adorable fabric! It will look adorable sewn into the kimono I'm making! Very unique dyes used, and impossible to match with usual available cotton fabrics, but gorgeous never the less!