Cotton Tenugui towels with various patterns representing rural prefectures from Tour de Nippon project by PAPERSKY.
PAPERSKY brings inflight magazines onto the ground and beyond, promoting traveling, revealing treasured cultures of Japan while collaborating with a variety of designers to produce original goods for adventures outdoors and within.
This time Papersky teamed up with a Japanese traditional tenugui maker Kamawanu. Each towel is hand-dyed via the chusen method, where patterns are hand-cut by craftsmen. Tenugui’s have been the towels of choice for Japanese travelers since the Edo times because the specially woven cotton absorbs moisture perfectly while drying in a flash.
Dimension: (W)13" x (H)35.4"
Made in Japan.
The patterns are based on the characteristics specific to each area:
Official - Papersky identity & Japanese flag colors in movement
Takamatsu - rolling sea & udon noodles
Onomichi - quiet sea
Shizuoka - green tea fields
Tanba Sasayama - black edamame beans
Tottori - sand dunes
Oita - madake bamboo
Shodoshima - olives & leaves
Ise & Toba - clouds over Ise Shrine
Nagoya - scales from the golden fish on castle rooftops
Nara - somen noodles
Noto Peninsula - black tile rooftops
Tokyo - Tokyo Tower
Kyoto - gobannome gridded streets
Kagoshima - sweet potatoes of Ryuku
Aomori - snow on the mountains
Shiga - ripples on the big lake Biwako
Shimane - biggest straw rope of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine
Gunma - horses in the wind
Akita - Japanese cedar
Okinawa - shingles on traditional house & love for dance
Nagano - mountain ranges & Japanese Alps
Hokkaido - honeydew melon
Nagasaki - chanpon noodles & many islands
Ibaraki - natto beans
Kochi - pristine waterways