The cloth used for packaging is called Tenugui.
Tenugui are thin traditional Japanese cotton hand towels. Tenugui have a smooth texture that is unlike typical Western terrycloth towels. They are often used in various ways other than just drying hands or bodies. It is said that Tenugui were already in use during the Nara Period (710-794). They are flat-woven cotton cloths that are about 90 cm x 35 cm in size.
Many have elaborated resist-dyed or printed patterns. During the Edo Period (1603-1868), common people started using them as well. They are used for various purposes, including drying hands or bodies, covering heads, or as aprons. As cultural modernization progressed and towels became more common, the use of Tenugui became less and less common. However, in recent years, there has been a re-evaluation of the convenience and appealing design of Tenugui, and more and more stores have started selling them in. Handmade, hand painted and with a lot of cultural history, it is a unique and beautiful Japanese craft that makes a versatile gift. As they are reusable and biodegradable, they can be used as daily commodities or souvenirs.
They can be used in various ways. Here’s below some examples
1.For wiping or wrapping fruits
2.As a gift wrapping bag such as a bottle.
3.You can decorate a flowerpot
4.Use it as a pouch bag for small items
5.To carry a plastic bottle
6.You can use it as a face mask
7. For cleaning and wiping dishes
8.For covering heads or worn around neck. Wear around the head instead of a bandana or worn around the neck instead of a scarf.
9.As a place mat
10.As a decorative display
Tenuiguie can be used in so many different ways. Find your own and unique way!
The fabric used to wrap your samples can be washed many times.
We hope you will enjoy learning more about the Japanese culture by discovering how to use Tenuigui.
We also seriously think it will be good for the global environment