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Tenugui

A typical Kendo-style Tenugui

A Tenugui (手拭い) is a thin Japanese hand towel made of cotton.

It is typically about 35 by 90 centimeters in size, plain woven and is almost always dyed with some pattern.

It can be used for anything a towel could be used for – as a washcloth, dishcloth, but often as a headband, souvenir, decoration, or for wrapping items such as bottles. Towels made from terry cloth have largely replaced it in household use. However tenugui are still popular as souvenirs, decorations, and as a head covering in kendo, where it functions as a sweatband, as extra padding beneath the headgear (men), and to identify the participants by team color.

External links

  • YouTube: Tenugi displaying an easy method for tying a tenugui for kendo practice.
  • YouTube: All Japan Kendo Federation video I (1/3) 04:28 – 05:20 displaying two other methods for tying a tenugui for kendo practice.
  • Flickr: Star Wars themed tenugui. displaying an example of a tenugui.

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