Tenugui | Choju-jinbutsu-giga


Tenugui (hand towel) from Nara Japan.
It is a cloth that absorbs water and dries quickly. The traditional tenugui (about 35x90cm) has a shape that can be wrapped around the head and neck.

If you use a washing machine, please use the laundry net. Due to the characteristics of the fabric, there is a possibility of uneven dyeing, discoloration, and dye transfer. Do not wash with other products, wash alone. Please avoid soaking and washing. Dry immediately after washing and avoid using the dryer.


From the first scenen of Choju-giga, a famous set of Japanese painting, it contains four picture scrolls, the earliest linear monochrome drawing from the 12th - 13th century that is continued in use in Japanese design.

The content reflects the society of the time, depicting animals and characters in the form of caricatures, which is a masterpiece of Japanese opera (caricature), especially the first scenen, which depicts rabbits, frogs, and monkeys in a anthropomorphic way. Is the most famous one among them. Because some of the techniques are similar to modern Japanese manga techniques, Choju-giga are often referred to as the oldest manga in Japan.

As opened, the first scroll illustrates rabbits and monkeys bathing and getting ready for a ceremony, a monkey thief runs from animals with sticks and knocks over a frog from the lively ceremony. Further on, the rabbits and monkeys are playing and wrestling while another group of animals participates in a funeral and frog prays to Buddha as the scroll closes. 

material | 100% cotton 
size | 34.5 x 92 cm

made in Japan

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