• "Black Hanabi" Tenugui

This yielding image represents the annual Wakakusa Yamayaki festival held in Nara in January. During this festival, the grass on the hillside of Nara's Mt. Wakakusayama is set ablaze and can be seen throughout the city. The burning of the mountain itself is followed by a fireworks display. This tenugui shows the fireworks display, with the 5 storied pagoda of Kofukuji Temple and Mt. Wakakusayama in the background. 


The designs of these tenugui are all completely original and created by young artists who live in Nara, who love Nara, and know the historical culture of Nara. Inspired by Nara’s nature, historical elements, and tradition, they provide a vivid description of 1300 years of Nara culture and history, with a modern and fashionable approach. 


The fabric used for these tenugui is the highest quality of premium Japanese cotton. Users will immediately notice the superb absorption and quick drying qualities, in addition to the softness and comfort of the fabric. 


The technique used for dyeing these tenugui is a traditional Japanese stencil dyeing method known as Ise Katagami. A few sheets of durable Japanese Washi paper are bound together and persimmon tannin is then applied. Experienced craftsmen carve out the design, bit by bit, with a chisel. When the carving is ready, a thin mesh of silk, called “Sha”, is applied to the surface before the lacquer is applied. Each procedure requires tremendous concentration and time-honored techniques applied by experienced craftsmen. 


The traditional Japanese method used for dyeing these tenugui is called “Chusen”. Chusen dyeing is renowned for its delicate colour graduation and its double-sided colouration. Each part of the process is done by hand by a specialised craftsman. The nature of the dye used to make thee tenugui can mean that the colours produced may vary, depending on the temperature and humidity on that day. As these tenugui are all dyed by hand, some minor variations in colour may result.

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"Black Hanabi" Tenugui

  • Product Code: black-hanabi-tenugui
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $40.00

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