T-minus 11 days and counting. Just over a week away! The anticipation is reaching an apex; I am so excited. Today’s birthday trip wish is to stock up on …
So what are tenugui? Basically they are traditional, thin, cotton towels that are printed with the most incredible designs. The internet changed the course of my career, but my roots are in graphic design. You marry that with my Japan obsession and a fetish for fabric and tenugui becomes a perfect storm. So many of my favorite things rolled up into one little package that also happens to be both fashionable and functional.
The little towels are great for more than just drying your hands and tieing your hair back in Kendo. They make a great way to wrap wine and sake to give as gifts… can be hung as well art… used as placemats for a nice dinning experience… twisted and tied to make an impromptu hand bag… and so much more. I have a very small collection of tenugui so will be happy to add to it. What I haven’t solved for yet is how to use them in a new and innovative way when it comes to sewing fashion projects. I am sure the inspiration will strike at some point. Ideas are welcome!!!
When I first started planning the Tokyo trip, it has been a few years in the making, Daikanyama was high on my list simply for a visit to the home of Baby the Stars Shine Bright. While the original home of this alternative fashion brand has moved, I didn’t want that to be a reason rule out visiting the area all together. Thus Google brought me to Kamawanu. They have branch locations across Tokyo, but their main branch is founded here in Daikyanyama. In addition to row upon row of tenugui, they also carry a selection of other traditional Japanese accessories.
The best part of tenugui is that the designs usually tell a story. The motif of the design has meaning. The more I learn about the Japanese culture the more I comprehend some of these great tales and fables.