Tenugui , Japanese hand towel /Scaly pattern (Cotton linen)


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Tenugui , Japanese hand towel
Cotton and linen

Swinging scaly pattern
Colors: light purple

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.



《Cotton and Linen》

Mixed weave blend using cotton for the warp and hemp for the weft. Patterns were dyed by dip-dyeing on cotton and linen fabrics.

Cotton and linen fabrics combine the advantages of both cotton and linen.

This is an excellent piece of traditional Japanese hand towel.

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.



Fluctuating Scales” is a reproduction of a pattern drawn in the early Taisho and Showa periods.
The scaly pattern is a series of triangles, named “Rinmon” (scale pattern) because of its resemblance to fish scales.
The scales are used to “protect” and “fortify” the body, and are loved as a pattern to ward off evil.

Size :  39.3″ x 14.17″ (100㎝ x 36  cm)
Cotton 50% & linen 50%
Made in Japan


 1)Breathability and coolness
It is lightweight and has a unique texture, with a feel like cotton and a breathability and coolness like linen.

In particular, cotton yarns are the same as those used for yukata fabrics, so you can feel the suppleness of cotton yarns.


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.

It can be used as a scarf by taking advantage of its texture, or used outdoors by taking advantage of its coolness and quick-drying properties.  



  • 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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Additional information

Weight 0.11 lbs