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Towel (tenugui)

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Towel (tenugui), 1930-1950
35 3/4 in. x 12 in. (90.81 cm x 30.48 cm)

Object Type: Textile
Technique: Woven
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Accession Number: T727

Hand-painted plain-weave cotton.

Object Description
Length of white cotton with a hand-painted design of a boatman and mountain beyond.

Tenugui are Japanese hand towels made of thin, plain weave cotton, usually decorated with resist and painted designs. It can, and is used for anything from a hand towel, washcloth, headband, souvenir or for decorative hanging. They were sometimes made as mementos for special occasions and for company advertisements.

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