Tenugui , Japanese hand towel (Asanoha) Black




Tenugui , Japanese hand towel
(Asanoha) /Flax leaf Pattern
Colors: Black


Tenugui has been used by Japanese people since ancient times. This is because of the convenience and many benefits this towel offers.
It can be used for wiping, hanging, wrapping...and many other purposes.


《Reprint Tenugui》

From a collection of traditional paper patterns called Ise Katagami owned by Marukyu Shoten.
Carefully selected patterns according to the season.
Each item embodies the essence of the craftsmanship of the craftsmen of the time.


"Reprint Tenugui" was originally used for Yukata (light cotton kimono)
Using Ise katagami with traditional small pattern pattern,
This item has been reprinted as a tenugui with a new technique of infusion dyeing.

Ise Katagami, designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property, is not only used as a pattern for dyeing, but is also praised for its artistic design.
It is a traditional craft technique that is also used in works of art.


This is an excellent piece of traditional Japanese hand towel.

Tenugui (towel) is a plain weave cotton towel made in Japan using a dyeing process unique to Japan.
The traditional patterns are considered to be vibrant and fade resistant.

Known as Chu-sen this technique dyed colors and patterns into the core of the cloth.
This method is used to make not only Tenugui towels, but also Yukata (light cotton kimono).

Tenugui towel cloth is thin and dries quickly. It is very convenient for wiping sweat and water and for washing the body when bathing.
It is also a handy towel that can be used in many different ways and is useful in many aspects of life.



Size :  35.4″ x 13.3″ (90 x 34  cm)
Cotton 100%
Made in Japan

 1) Friction-resistant, durable fabric

The fabric used for general tenugui is woven in a basic weaving technique called “plain weave,” in which the warp and weft yarns are interlaced alternately.

That plain-weave fabric is not very elastic. However, since there are many threads crossing each other and the threads are not slippery, it is resistant to friction and can be used for a long time, even for tenugui towels that are wiped or rubbed.


2) When folded, it is thin and compact!

Because this fabric is woven in a plain weave, the fabric is thin and compact when folded, making it highly portable.
Therefore, tenugui is very convenient to carry as a towel, sunshade scarf or eco-bag to make your travel luggage more compact.

This is a standard pattern that uses hemp leaves in a geometric design. This pattern has been used for a long time for maternity clothes
because of the straight growth of hemp.
This pattern also has the meaning of repelling evil, and has been widely used as a pattern for maternity clothes since ancient times.





  • All of Chusen's processes are done by hand by specialized craftsmen.
    Therefore, even if the dyed products look the same at a glance, the expression and texture may differ from piece to piece, and even the same design may differ from period to period.
    Such instability, which could be a demerit, is in fact the most lovable aspect of Chu-sen as an element of "fluctuation" and "playfulness.
  • Due to the dyeing characteristics of the fabric, please note that the color may migrate due to perspiration or friction at the beginning of use.
    When washing, please hand-wash separately from other items.
  • Please note that there may be slight individual differences in size, uneven dyeing, and crushed patterns.
  • Please note that since this product uses an old pattern, it may be discontinued or changed without notice due to damage to the pattern.








Thin, sweat absorbing and quick drying Tenugui is also used by our FutonTokyo craftsmens everyday!


It can be used in many situations depending on your ideas. In addition to towels, you can enjoy traditional Japanese patterns as interior decoration.


<About Marukyu Shoten>

Marukyu Shoten was established in 1899 in Nihonbashi, Tokyo as a wholesaler of Chu-sen products.
Chu- sen is a dyeing technique that originated in the Meiji era (1868-1912).
It was mainly used for yukata (light cotton kimono) and towels and was a part of people's daily life at that time.

Marukyu continues to offer yukata (summer kimonos) and towels that can only be made with Tokyo Chu-sen dyeing.
Marukyu has added color to Japanese arts and seasonal festivals by producing many patterns and designs under the name "Shin-Edo Dyeing".

Today, the production of Chu-sen is not limited to its use, but is part of the Chu-sen dyeing culture.

/// What is Chu-sen dying ? ///

 1. Paper Patterns

The Chusen paper patterns apply a dyeing resist paste to the fabric in  order to create a pattern.  This product method is charactaized by pattern length of around 100cm.  Marukyu Shoten has an immense quantity of paper patterns made from tanned paper that we have been collecting since we fist began operating  in the Meiji Era (1867- 1912).  They utilize these patterns as a resource to design, produce, and present Chu-sen products that meet modern needs. 


 2. Stencil printing (on cloth)

Using a paper pattern, the fabric is dipped in dye-resistant glue. 
The process is repeated: first a pattern is applied, then a long piece of fabric is folded over, then another pattern is applied, and so on. There may be 20 to 40 layers.
The areas covered with anti-staining glue do not allow dye to enter, so the pattern is dyed using this mechanism.

3. Dyeing

The dye is poured from the top of the fabric, which is folded into a bellows, into a narrow spouted kettle.
Then, a special machine is used to reduce the pressure from below and inhale the dye. The dye passes through the layered fabric from top to bottom at once, and the fabric is dyed.
The fabric is then turned inside out and the same process is repeated so that the dyed fabric has no back and is dyed in exactly the same way.

4. Washing

The dyed fabric is washed in water to remove excess paste and dye.
After dehydration, the fabric is hung on a 10-meter-high outdoor drying rack to dry in the sun.

This process is an emotional scene that is unique to the traditional dyehouse.

5. Finishing

If it is a hand towel, we cut it in the specified length and pack it.



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