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Ruri Kippenbrock


Archive for July, 2007

Tenugui mumbling vol.03 – Will you be one of the first 15?

Friday, July 13th, 2007

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mame-shibori (pea-dot) tenugui

What’s happening?

I just noticed myself that we say “What’s happening?” here in New York instead say “Hi” when we see friends. Yes, We always have many opportunities and the things are happening here in New York.

We have a FANTASTIC offer to celebrate the opening our web-site!! The first 15 customers to purchase our products on-line before 15 August will receive a FREE wuhao original mame-shibori (pea-dot) Tenugui! This is a $15 value so hurry up and get your order in to us!

Mame-shibori is the most common print pattern of Tenugui. Sushi-chef often wears it like a headband in Sushi Bars. Mame means “Beans” in Japanese and “Shibori” means “Wring”. This very popular pea-dots print has a long history. The traditional mame-shibori (called Itajime Shibori) requires a highly trained technician as the fabric is folded several times and then put between carved wooden boards. The fabric now tightly bound and compressed by these boards. The technique is very old, going as far back as 700 AD. Our original mame-shibori was arranged with our logo in the style of Itajime Shibori and we think it has a lovely taste.

Enjoy your summer with buddies, family, yourself and with wuhao Tenugui!

So? Who will be the lucky 15-customers? YOU? or YOU?

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my lovely buddies Alex and Matsu with wuhao mame-shibori!

at Restaurant “gen” Brooklyn, New York

- to be continued…

From Ruri

mumbling dated on July 13, 2007

Tenugui mumbling vol.02 – Happy Fourth of July and Indigo Island Japan

Thursday, July 5th, 2007


Fireworks from E 34th Street Manhattan


Empire State Bulding – Fourth of July Illumination

How was your Fourth of July? I had a wonderful time at my friend’s place in Upper West New York. We had BBQ in her backyard with cool summer rain, eating, drinking, chatting, laughing a lot… watching the fireworks on East River and simply enjoying the summer breeze. “Hana-bi” means “Fireworks” in Japanese. “Hana” means “Flower”, “Bi” means “Fire”. Sparkling flowers opened between the skyscrapers and the night sky, even Empire State Building was lighten up blue, red, and white for this special day. Thank you for the lovely time, Jon, Julie, Jack, Lieven and cutie cat… and the beautiful fireworks. This is my second summer in New York, and I am glad to be here.

Blue Ocean – Kojima Okayama, Japan

I am really excited that a Tenugui workshop, “Ranpu-ya”, will be featured on NHK World TV “Japan BIZ Cast” July 9th (Monday) from 22:15 to 22:45 pm (JST time). “Ranpu-ya” is located in Kojima Okayama which is very famous throughout the world for its natural indigo (ai-zome), and also for blue jeans! Surrounded big blue ocean and green mountains, Kojima has their own time called “slow life” which lets Ranpu-ya create amazing indigo many different ways in their own workshop. Their web-site is http://www.japanblue.co.jp/ if you would like to see more. We are very proud that our wuhao original natural indigo Tenugui came from Ranpu-ya, which also provides the textile, and “Momotaro Jeans”, a world famous blue jeans company.
Wuhao natural indigo is totally amazing! Using real natural indigo dye, the tread are then woven for our own wuhao Tenugui ? all hand-made based on a traditional Japanese technique. As you co As you continue to wash your tenugui, you will see the color and touch change into your own vintage Tenugui. Indigo BlueOcean Blue… from Indigo Island Japan! Enjoy your summer with wuhao natural indigo Tenugui!
- to be continued…

From Ruri
Mumbling dated July 05, 2007