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URL: web-kiosk.scrippscollege.edu/objects-1/info/19670

Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Towel (tenugui), 1900-1930
Cotton
37 in. x 13 1/4 in. (93.98 cm x 33.66 cm)


Object Type: Textile
Technique: Woven
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: T760


Medium
Hand-drawn on cotton tabby.

Object Description
Rectangular panel with a design of wisteria (fuji) and small Japanese river trout (ayu) on a light blue ground.

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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