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Ruri Kippenbrock

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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

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!

Kitty 2

- 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….



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!


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.97 – TENUGUI MAGIC Vol.06 summertime

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

TENUGUI MAGIC Vol.06 – summertime from Ruri Kippenbrock (wuhaonyc) on Vimeo.

Sending you a short movie of summer tenugui! You’ll see how to use Tenugui, and new tenugui products Tenugui uchiwa (fan) and Tenugui manegi (welcome sign) in the movie.
I had a really great time to shoot this movie by myself in the summer afternoon!

Happy 4th of July and Happy Summer with Tenugui \(*v*)/

Happy Hat

- to be continued…

From: Ruri