I am a Tatami patterned Tenegui Cloth. I come in one format that can be used for this and that, but certainly can’t be used as a tatami mat.
Tenugui cloths are one of Japan’s old traditions but when we first received one as a gift, we had a lot of questions about this seemingly plain cotton cloth... Why are the ends frayed? What is it used for? Why the rectangular shape? A friend explained that tenuguis are a multipurpose cloth used for decorating, wrapping gifts, carrying items, wiping and drying hands. They can also be used as handkerchiefs, napkins, bandanas or kitchen cloths. The edges are frayed to allow quicker drying and are antiseptic as bacteria will not be as prone to build up as it would if the cloth had seams.
Once we discovered their versatility, we began to appreciate the meaning behind such a simple household object. We now have a large collection of tenuguis on rotation in our home and often give them as souvenirs when we return from Japan. Tenuguis by Kamawanu are handcrafted using traditional techniques. The labour-intensive process can be seen in this video.
Tatami Tenugui Cloth was curated by Angélique Chmielewski
Designer: Makoto Koizumi
Dimensions: 13” x 35” or 33cm x 90m
Weight: 2 oz or 57 gr
Materials: 100% Cotton
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