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Tenugui Mumbling Vol.141 – Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano

Monday, February 16th, 2015
Special edition Komon Tenugui

Special edition Komon Tenugui

I am so excited to inform you that our special edition Komon Tenugui is available at the Philadelphia Museum of Art now!
Each tenugui was wrapped individually in hand cut paper Kimono and Obi with my Love of Tenugui, the package was specially designed for the new exhibition of Ink and Gold : Art of the Kano collection!

Please enjoy amazing exhibition and Kimono wrapping tenugui at the Philadelphia Museum of Art!
The exhibition will start tomorrow, until 5/10!

Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano @ the Philadelphia Museum of Art

http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/812.html

… to be continued
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From Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.125 – Sending you Tenugui Twinkle

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

twinkle hanky blog

This is our Holiday Greeting to Tenugui Fans!

First 20-customers who purchased over 30-dollars total online, will receive a free Tenugui Handkerchief – Christmas Light.
This handkerchief is same design as Christmas Lights tenugui, but 42 x 32 (cm) / 16.5 x 12.5 (inch), handy hanky size.
Hurry up and get your Twinkle Tenugui Handkerchief now!

* This campaign will be over as soon as received 20-orders without any notification.

And we have many more surprises for Tenugui Fans, so stay tuned!

- to be continued…

3D Elf With CandyCane

From Ruri

 

Tenugui Mumbling Vol. 122 – Sending you a hing of Autumn

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
A free gift for your new coming season :-)

A free gift for your new coming season :-)

Hope you had a wonderful summer 2013! Back to School and Back to Work… and soon Autumn is coming. This is our THANK YOU for your love of Tenugui, first 10-customers order online over $50 total, will receive a free Autumn Leave Tenugui Handkerchief. This little hanky was made with 100% cotton double gauze, very soft but also durable, nice to have one in your bag always. Hurry up and get one for coming new season!

Sending you a hint of Autumn from us…. Welcome Fall with Tenugui!

- to be continued…

Hurry Up

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.109 – Holiday Tenugui Wrapping

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Autumn Stream Tenugui and a red bow - a perfect coordination together!

Received a photo from Tenugui Fan Haruyo-san, she uses Autumn stream Tenugui for a gift wrapping to her best friend. She told me that she was very amazed can Tenugui wraps any shape of items than more than imagined.? A satin red bow bring up Holiday Spirit with Tenugui wrapping, a perfect coordinate together.
Thank you very much Haruyo-san, sharing your holiday wrapping idea with us!

Happy Holidays with Tenugui!

- to be continued…

From: Ruri
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Tenugui mumbling Vol.99 – TENUGUI MAGIC

Sunday, July 31st, 2011
odds and ends tenugui cloth, buttons, and Masaki yarn... my TENUGUI MAGIC WORLD

odds and ends tenugui cloth, buttons, and Masaki yarn... my TENUGUI MAGIC WORLD

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It has been in my thoughts since I had started my own Tenugui business in 2007, and finally It has arrived…? YES, it’s TENUGUI MAGIC!

I made a few movies showing you how to use Tenugui, and I called?them TENUGUI MAGIC. This 100% cotton rectangular cloth has many more possibilities than imaginable. It’s one of my dreams to create my own tenugui styles, and bring simple pleasures to you through this simple cotton cloth.

I always think about tenugui craftsman?in Japan when I hold tenugui?in my hand. Tenugui is created using the same method since the mid 1800′s, and is still made mostly by hand.? Washi paper stencil, molding, dyeing, washing and drying, and cutting each piece of Tenugui. I feel the tenugui spirit that has been carried along many decades of Japanese history.

TENUGUI MAGIC?is my own brand to provide new tenugui goods, and also, to?introduce you to the usability of Tenugui.? “Mottainai”?means don’t waste, and TENUGUI MAGIC was created along with Japanese economic philosophy, using odds and ends of Tenugui cloth or used tenugui (along with all the memories) reconstructed in various styles, and giving new life to a piece of cloth.
We will remake your favorite old tenugui?into a one of a kind accessory, bag, cover, box, or any other item.

“Reconstruct”, “Remake” and “Respect”….
I would like to express my appreciation to Japanese tradition and artisans.

My plan is to create a new sytle each month. Many more new styles are on the way, so please stay tuned?to TENUGUI MAGIC!

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- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.98 – TENUGUI MISANGA

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Tenugui was cut to each piece by hands.

Heat Wave arrive in New York City…. hope you are doing well.

Finally, after a long time, of thinking and planning, I am introducing TENUGUI MAGIC!
Tenugui is multi functional, with so many possibilities to use, and change style. I have had so many ideas and projects in mind?for a long time, and finally one idea came true….. TENUGUI MISANGA DEBUT!

Tenugui?is still made mostly by hand. My favorite Chusen Dye has used the same method for hundreds of years. Washi paper stencil, molding, pasting, dyeing… all process is made by hand, and also cutting tenugui to each piece (photo above).
When we cut tenugui, there is always some excess of cloth. I was wondering what I could make? from these odds and ends of cloth? I just wanted to give new life to these little pieces of Tenugui….

TENUGUI MISANGA debut!

TENUGUI MISANGA debut!

Here you go!!!!! I braide them to a bracelet… called TENUGUI MISANGA! Hundreds of colors of tenugui pieces, my imagination is getting bigger and bigger.? My little office has changed to a Misanga workshop now :-)

Three styles with tons of colors - All One of kinds!

Three styles with tons of colors - All One of kinds!

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limitless of color combination - colors, colors, and colors!

limitless of color combination - colors, colors, and colors!

I can’t wait to see the response from Tenugui fans… Tenugui Misanga will debut at the Japan Block Fair, Japanese Street Festival this coming Sunday!
Available online from August, so please look forward to see my TENUGUI MAGIC very soon!

The Japan Block Fair @ Astoria, Queens
Date:? July 24th (Sunday)? 11am – 6pm
Place: Broadway at Steinway, Astroia, Queens

3D Prom Queen

- to be continued….

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.81 – Tenugui Gift Ideas & “Mottainai Campaign”

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Box wrapping with Furoshiki Sho-Chiku-Bai

Box wrapping with Furoshiki Sho-Chiku-Bai

Bottle Wrapping with Furoshiki Muji Shantung (red/black)

Bottle Wrapping with Furoshiki Muji Shantung (red/black)

bottle wrapping with Shikan-jima Tenugui

Bottle wrapping with Shikan-jima Tenugui

Box Wrapping with Cherry Blossom and Weeping Willow Tenugui

Box Wrapping with Cherry Blossom and Weeping Willow Tenugui

Long box warpping with Skelton Tenugui

Long box wrapping with Skelton Tenugui

Two DVD wrapping with Wrench tenugui

Two DVD wrapping with Wrench tenugui

Apple wrapping with Big Apple tenugui

Apple wrapping with Big Apple tenugui

Christmas mame-shibori in the basket

Christmas mame-shibori in the basket

Sending love with Tenugui... Happy Holidays!!!

Sending love with Tenugui... Happy Holidays!!!

We have received many requests to carry Furoshiki from Tenugui fans. I hesitated a while… because, we are a Tenugui Special Online Store. Well… Why not?? “Customers are always right!”
So, here we go! We have started carrying Furoshiki now.

What is the difference between Tenugui and Furoshiki?
Tenugui is a 100% cotton rectangular cloth, and is used for wiping, wrapping, wearing, and many more ways. Tenugui width is between 34 to 38cm, and the length is between 90 to 120cm.
Furoshiki is a square cloth, made of many different materials, such as silk, cotton, hemp, rayon or polyester. Furoshiki can be used for wrapping and carrying items, but not for wiping and wearing like Tenugui.

Holiday gift season comes now. These are my gift ideas for Tenugui fans!
Christmas color mame-shibori just arrived, how about sending a forrest green and a berry red tenugui as a set like a photo? or you can make a heart with two tenugui also!

Do you know about “Mottainai”?
“Mottainai” means “Don’t Waste” in Japanese, it’s the way to describe conserving the environment.
3R (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) + Respect = Mottainai, as stated by Wangari Maathai ph.D, Furoshiki and Tenugui can support your own way of Mottainai Campaign, saving the environment for our children’s future.

These are gift wrapping ideas with Tenugui and Furoshiki (Please check HOW TO USE at out site). You can save wrapping paper, tapes, wrapping tissues… and many more “one time use” wrapping items, and also your friends and families can use it after they’ve opened their gifts! Not only that, you can save much more money too!

Let’s start our own way of Mottainai Campaign for our world!

Happy Holidays, Tenugui Fans!!!!!

santa-sled

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From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.70 – Tanabata (star festival)

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
write a wish on tanzaku, and hang it on the bamboo tree

write a wish on tanzaku, and hang it on the bamboo tree

Tanabata is Japanese star festival that is celebrated every year on July 7th. Some parts of Japan celebrate in August according Lunar year. When this time of year comes around, people write their wishes on tanzaku which are strips of paper, and hang them on bamboo trees.

new arrival - tanabata tenugui!

new arrival - tanabata tenugui!

Tanabata is also known as the story of Hikoboshi (Altair) and Orihime (Vega). The Japanese version of star story is;
It’s origins come from the legend of the Altar and Vega.?Two lovers separated by the milky way, and they are allowed to meet just once a?year on July 7th.

Tenugui is still made by hand during most of the production process, washes, dries, cuts and folds….
When they cut tenugui separately, some tenugui scraps are left over, and they use those scraps as stuffing for the packing, however, they are actually beautiful by themselves.

Our special tenugui tanzaku was made with tenugui and Japanese 5-yen coin.

Our special tenugui tanzaku was made with tenugui and Japanese 5-yen coin.

I made Tenugui Tanzaku(wish note) with tenugui scraps today. And I added a Japanese 5-yen coin (about 5-cents) on it as charms. 5-yen has many good meanings, we call it GOEN. Goen also means Good Luck in Japanese. The first 5-yen was printed in 1949, it has three symbols on the face of coin;
Ear of rice as Agricultures, gear as Industry, and strips as Fishery Industry
It was designed after the World War II, for wishes for development of all three industries.

What are your wishes?
My wish is very simple…. “Happiness” for all of us.
Kisses

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol.68 – Tenugui @ Starbucks?!

Friday, June 18th, 2010
Simon-sam wears his tenugui @ his work!

Simon-san wears his tenugui @ his work!

Tenugui @ Starbucks!!!! Simon is from NY and he works at Starbucks. One day he was chatting with his co-worker on Japanese festivities, and somehow Tenugui came up during their conversation.

Several days later, he went down to St. Marks place ( @ East Village, is located east downtown in Manhattan, and there are a number of Japanese restaurants there!) for Udon (Japanee noodle)?and Yakitori (Japanese BBQ), and saw some of the kitchen staff wearing tenugui as their chef hats.
So, Simon asked them about their tenugui and then he visited a web-site called Chopsticks NY. Chopsticks NY is a free?magazine and ?web-site, introducing Japanese culture, restaurants, shops, and much more information in greater New York.

So,?Simon found our site through chopsticksNY, and now~~~ Ladies and Gentleman!!!!
Welcome to Japanese Tenugui Fan Club! He loves tenugui now!

Simon-san, you look so handsome with your Wood tenugui, and the color is perfectly matching @ your work. Great Pick!!!! Thank you very much for sharing your tenugui story with us.

I always love to hear Tenugui story from all over the world.
How about your tenugui story?????

Thumbs Up

- to be continued…

From: Ruri

Tenugui mumbling Vol. 54 – The beauty is in that difference No.05 The Polaris in Alaska

Sunday, December 27th, 2009
big diper in Alaska - photo by TETSU

big dipper in Alaska - photo by TETSU

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Aurora colors all over the sky in Alaska - photo by TETSU

Aurora colors all over the sky in Alaska - photo by TETSU

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The Polaris find your way - photo by TETSU

The Polaris shows your way - photo by TETSU

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A Japanese photographer TETSU visited Alaska in February and took these spectacular photos. I have never seen Aurora in my life, even though, I can feel the great energy of nature through his photos.

We are very small compared to Mother Nature. All the struggles that we have in our lives feel so tiny under the never ending stardust.
Life is very hard and beautiful… Sometimes, I loose my direction by many distractions inward and outward in my daily living, but I always can find my way – just like a traveler finds the Polaris in the sky.

Thank you very much for your support, and love of Tenugui through out 2009.
Tenugui and wuhao friends… they are my Polaris.

- to be continued…

From: Ruri