How tenugui are made

(David Walker) #1

“Tenugui” hand towels, perfect as souvenirs

“Tenugui” hand towels, perfect as souvenirs

How to make Japanese Tenugui by chusen method.

Who was the first person to create this complicated process, and what lead them to think this was a good idea?

Reading reviews of tenugui (手ぬぐい) I frequently see poor reviews. People complain the ends fray to much, and ask why aren’t the edges hemmed. I think they just don’t understand how to properly condition them.

Several sets of 3 tenugui are available on Amazon for about $17. But tenugui made by the by chusen method are more expensive. Kiroko in Portland, Ore. has a nice selection some made by chusen method used in the above video.

How to clean up the edge of Tenugui?

Kiromade tenugui collection

(Vladimir Bushclyakov ) #2

I liked this towel.

(Mike Shelton) #3

Tenkara USA is now offering these on their website for sale. I believe they cost $15 plus shipping. David, thank you very much for the information and video.

(David Walker) #4

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.

(todoroki toshirou) #5

“刺し子” is a reinforcement of decoration and cloth
The design has meaning

I like it very much, too
I am glad that you know “刺し子”

(David Walker) #6

Sashiko has an interesting history. Evolving from a way to mend clothing, or to add layers of fabric to make garments warmer in old days. Somewhere I read that in old times there was a saying, “if a piece of fabric is large enough to wrap 3 soy beans it should be kept and used”. No throw way culture in difficult times.

I find 刺し子ふきん (sashiko fukin) interesting. [best to be careful how you say that in English] :open_mouth:

I think I may have already watched the first two of those videos, and several others, too. The bottom video is a nice one. The middle video is a young guy, Atsushi Futatsuya, from upcyclestitches website. Who with, I think his mother Keiko, promotes sashiko in Japan and in NYC. A lot of good information about it’s different forms is accessible to English readers on their website, or on their YTC ,

(todoroki toshirou) #7

Yes, Mr.David sir.:wink:

(Mike Shelton) #8

David, thank you for this information. I think someone also sent me a tenugui and I thought the same thing. I didn’t have a clue about what the fabric would be used for except that it was a nice gesture.
I learn something every time I log on to this site. Thank you again, David. :wolf:

(Mike Shelton) #9

Thank you Todoroki-san for the three videos and information. This is amazing!!! :wolf: