Some of the most popular designs by the Seppuku Pistols are their clever Hanjie- a traditional riddle solving game that involves guessing the meanings hidden in letters and pictures. Adding these designs to tenugui and yukata bring back a playfulness for what could be mistaken as an old fashioned design. In an era where there is hesitation with action, perhaps it's ok to let a little loose and have some fun with tenugui designs.
「The Pattern Only Gets Worse」
At first glance, the kanji in the middle of the grid looks like “koi” or “love”. Upon further inspection, you will find the kanji in fact says “aku” or “evil”. The square boxes represent “masu” - Japanese wooden boxes used to measure rice (now most used as a sake cup). The word “masu masu” in Japanese means “increasingly”. All together, the design reads “masu masu aku” or “increasingly evil”. How did your Japanese friends react as they unpacked this riddle?
This original tenugui (hand towel) has been dyed with the traditional method “Chu-sen". Popularized in the Meiji Era (1868-1912), Chu-sen is a uniquely Japanese method of dyeing fabric - typically used for tenugui (traditional hand towels) and yukata (summer kimono). This KAPUKI ART Tenugui Series brings together the quality of traditional Japanese craftsmanship with unique visuals brought by the Seppuku Pistols.
Size: 90cm x 35cm (L*W)
Material: Isemomen (100% Cotton)
Country of Origin: Japan
Handling, Precautions, and Remarks:
Due to the traditional hand-dyeing process, the color of this product may transfer to other surfaces. To avoid color transfer when washing, it is advised to put the towel in a washing net or wash seperately from other fabrics.If left to soak in water for extended periods of time, the color of this product may fade or bleed. Heat may affect the dye, and it is not advised to dry in direct sunlight or dry tumble dry.
Delivery will be made within 3 business days.
*Tenugui can also be framed and enjoyed as an art piece.
*Tenugui frame (+16,500yen): 90.5cm x 39.5cm x 1.5cm (L*W*D)
If you would like to purchase the tengui with the frame, we will ship your item in 1 month after the order has been made.