Fabric Guide: Japanese Tenugui

Tenugui

Assorted 1 ft (30 cm) by 3 ft (91 cm) tenugui cloths available at Tortoise.

Sunday’s New York Times features girls’ dresses in adorable brightly-colored prints from Japanese brand Noko. The dresses are made from a hand-dyed cotton gauze fabric called tenugui, traditionally used as a hand towel or handkerchief in Japan. [NY Times]

With modern colorful patterns, like these at Tortoise, tenugui work not only for children’s clothes, but for headbands, napkins, placemats and other accessories as well.