About Chusen

Tenugui was used as a washcloth or dishcloth since Heian Period (AD 794-1192). Today’s Chusen dyeing technique was developed in the Meji era (1868-1912). Tenugui are dyed by hand, resulting in slightly inconsistency in the color and can enjoy the Blur technique depends on the design pattern. The design permeates the fabric, so that it can be seen clearly on both sides.



Place the stencil on the wooden frame and spread the resist paste with a wooden scraper. Fold the fabric over for the length of Tenugui and continue spreading the resist paste to each piece of fabric length.


The dye will not be absorbed into the areas covered with the resist paste. That area retains the original white color of the fabric.


In order to prevent the resist paste from flowing, place sawdust on both sides.


Pour the dye with a tool called Yakan.

Once the dye is poured, pull the dye down with a press. The press machine sucks the dye down. Turn it over and do the same process again.


To dye more than one color at a time, make a bank with resist paste and pour different color dyes into each enclosed area.

If two or more dyes are poured in one place, “blur dyeing” can be achieved.


Put it in a large washing machine and remove the resist paste. Rinse thoroughly in the another washing area to remove glue and excess dye.

Sun-dry as a long fabric. Take up the dry fabric. Fold to the length of the Tenugui by hand. 


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