Downtown Traditional CraftsSep. 07, 2015 UPDATE
A shop that lets you learn about the fun and uses of hand towels and wrapping cloth

Eirakuya Hosotsuji Ihee Syoten Main shop

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Eirakuya Hosotsuji Ihee Syoten Honten ― Main shop
This shop has been manufacturing and selling cloth goods such as hand towels and wrapping cloth in Kyoto for around 400 years. It has a wide range of accessories, bags, and souvenirs made with patterned cloth featuring a variety of designs, including maiko, flowers, and animals. The shop’s interior is bright and spacious, and you can handle the items and take your time making a selection. Those who are not sure about how to use hand towels or wrapping cloth do not have to worry. The shop staff w...moreill kindly instruct you on their use.
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There is a wide selection of stylish fabric just for decorating your home. The maiko designs are popular with foreign customers!
Recommend !
Tenugui / ¥1,728
There are a variety of patterns, from traditional Japanese designs to designs made in collaboration with artists. They have a wide range of uses, serving as a handkerchief or scarf, etc.
Recommend !
Furoshiki / ¥1,296 ~
There are both large and small sizes. They can be used as a table cloth or as a wrapper for wine bottles, etc. If you tie the ends up and attach a handle, they can also be used as a bag. They make a great wrapping cloth for souvenirs, too.
Hand Towel Mini Folding Fan
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Hand Towel Mini Folding Fan / ¥4,320
Uses hand towel fabric with cute designs. They are a bit on the large side and lightweight, making them easy to use.
Wrapping Cloth + Someco
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Wrapping Cloth + Someco / ¥3,240 ~
This set is recommended if you want to use your favorite wrapping cloth as a bag. If you buy a “Someco” bag handle to go with the wrapping cloth, it transforms into a fantastic, easy-to-carry bag.
How to buy
Eirakuya Hosotsuji Ihee Syoten Honten ― Main shop How to BuyIf you are having trouble choosing an item, tell the shop staff what kind of pattern you are looking for and the use you have in mind. If you want to know how to wrap a hand towel or wrapping cloth, ask the shop staff, or refer to the pamphlet (available in English) you receive with your purchase.
- Shopping Tips -
If you want to know how to use a hand towel, ask the shop staff,
“Tenugui ha doutsukaeba iidesuka?”
(Please tell me how to use tenugui.)
Eirakuya Hosotsuji Ihee Syoten Honten ― Main shop Appearance Photo
Eirakuya Hosotsuji Ihee Syoten Main shop
Categories Traditional Crafts
Phone +81 75-256-7881
Address 368, Ennogyojacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8174
Directions 3-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Oike Station.
Hours 11:00~19:00
Closed Open everyday
Notes It is usually not crowded in the morning. Purchases of ¥10,001 or more are tax-free.
Price range
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¥1,000 ~ ¥4,000
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Pamphlets about how to use hand towels and wrapping cloths are available in English
Information English
Languages spoken Japanese only
Shipping services Not accepted
Other English leaflets available.
Eirakuya Hosotsuji Ihee Syoten Main shop +81 75-256-7881 ¥1,000 ~ ¥4,000 2/3

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