Mike, I have ordered things from the Oni-shop a couple of times and the order when received had a piece of fabric included. I thought they were a thoughtful gift of some Japanese print fabric perhaps left over from making rod bags.
It wasn’t until I saw the tenugui on the TUSA website that I realized the fabric in my Oni-shop order was a tenugui, a gift meant to share a bit of traditional Japanese culture. One is sakura pattern in burgundy color. The other one is dark blue and white, what I think, is called asanoha pattern.
Researching tenugui I discovered another traditional Japanese decorative stitching called - sashiko, 刺し子. (little stabbing, running stitches) Kind of like embroidery, but a little different. Which is frequently sewn in the same patterns printed on tenugui.
Currently my wife is heavy into making complicated quilts. taking classes, sewing little triangles into complicated patterns. I’ve suggested she might find it interesting to include some sashiko pieces into some of her quilts. I’ve been trying to learn to sew myself, making stuff sacks, to various designs, out of rip stop nylon. Sewing a straight seam is not as easy as it appears to be. I could never sew any of her quilt patterns. However, each new stuff sack I make is a little nicer than the previous one made, and I’m making some custom fit stuff sacks. All are functional if not exactly pretty. It has been suggested to me that I make the sashiko pieces as a break from sewn seams that aren’t as straight as they ought to be. Ah, maybe. Learning how to tie nets is also on my winter-time bucket list. Net making is another ancient art.