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A tenugui (手拭い) 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.
Tenugui may be used as washcloths or dishcloths. They are often used as headbands, souvenirs, decorations, or for wrapping bottles and similar items. Towels made from terry cloth have largely replaced tenugui in household use. However, tenugui are still popular as souvenirs, decorations, and as a head covering in kendo, where it functions as a sweatband and provides extra padding beneath the headgear (men).
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- YouTube: Tenugi displaying an easy method for tying a tenugui for kendo practice.
- YouTube: All Japan Kendo Federation video I (1/3) 04:28 – 05:20 displaying two other methods for tying a tenugui for kendo practice.
- Flickr: Star Wars themed tenugui displaying an example of a tenugui.
- Tofugu, Tengui: A Cloth Without Limits An article describing tenugui in detail.
- Dayman, Lucy. "Choosing a Japanese Tenugui Towel: All You Need to Know". Japan Objects. Japan Objects. Archived from the original on 21 June 2020. Retrieved 21 June 2020.