- Author: Liz Janney
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A tenugui is a thin Japanese hand towel made from cotton. Typically, tenugui are about 35 by 90 centimetres (14 by 35 in) in size, plain woven, and almost always dyed with some pattern. Usually the long sides are finished with a selvage, and the short sides are just cut and so soon show some fraying.
A tenugui is often used in ways that towels are used, such as being used as a washcloth or dishcloth, for example. They are often used as headbands, souvenirs, decorations, or for wrapping bottles and similar items.
This piece has used two different techniques to create the pattern – Nui – stitching and Kumo – wrapping around found objects.