Chu-sen dying method used to create multi-purpose tenugui cloth
You can use it to wrap bento boxes, bottle of wine, around your neck as a scarf, or hang it on the wall for decoration. It’s often used in households and traditional Japanese performing arts like Kabuki, Rakugo, classical Japanese dance, and Kendo. Tenugui, sometimes known as Japanese towel, can be used in multiple functions. At Nijiyura, a special dying technique developed in Osaka called chu-sen is used to develop beautiful coloring with remarkable gradation.
Tenugui – Standard Size / ￥1,404 ~
The tenugui towels are made with 100% cotton. Tenugui is quite delicate that it becomes softer as you use it couple times to “break it in”. Observe different designs all very appealing and unique because the patterns are created by different artists. About 30 artists contribute to Nijiyura, and you can spot their names on the labels next to the products. There are tenugui with designs of horoscope signs, and also there are Kyoto-only designs like “Rock Garden” and “Kiyomizu”. So many varieties of designs and patterns are available in the store that women, men, and children all can sure to enjoy.
Fan / ￥7,776
Even among Japanese people, the fans made with tenugui are unique. There are about 20 different designs of tenugui fans in this store. These fans are created with skilled craftsman of Kyoto specializing in fans. Nice characteristic about these fans is that you can see the designs of tenugui from both sides so when in use, you can enjoy its pattern from any angle.
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Jinbei for Children / ￥7,560 for small (90cm), ￥9,180 for medium (100cm)
Look for these adorable jinbei for children! Jinbei are indoor wear usually worn comfortably during the summer which comes as a set with a top and a bottom. The bubbly designs are very cute and the dye technique in which Nijiura specializes brings out such beautiful colors. The cloth is very soft and it will become softer after each use. Jinbei are made in Japan and there are two sizes good for children around ages 1-4.
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Tenugui can also be hanged on a wall!
Each design is truly a work of art and when put in a frame, you could decorate it on a wall! You could exchange it with different patterns seasonally and play around with designing your room. Pay close attention to the color gradation that this specialized dying technique creates. These will also make great gifts, have fun and choose ones that would be suited for your friend or loved ones!
How to buyThe ones intended to be used as scarfs have longer length than the standard size. Think of how you would like to use the tenugui while making your selection.
- Shopping Tips -
Check out how tenugui can be used and learn more about how it is made by asking for the information pamphlet.
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Nijiyura Kyoto Sanjo / にじゆら 京都三条
|Address||38-1, Benkeiishicho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8082|
|Directions||10-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Line Karasuma Oike Stn.|
|Open Hours||10am - 8pm|
Helpful and friendly staff
|Information||Japanese, Chinese, English|
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese, some English|
|Shipping services||Not available|