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Arimatsu Shibori Tenugui Chidori Somewake

Arimatsu Shibori Tenugui Chidori Somewake

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This Tenugui is made with the Arimatsu Shibori technique, and represents two plovers on a dark indigo blue background. The plovers are often used in Japanese patterns with their beautiful and cute shape they are really beautiful birds. Also the wave like design of blue dye adds elegance to the whole product.

Takeda Kahei  

The technique of Arimatsu tie dyeing first started with Shokuro Takeda. He noticed that workers from southern Japan employed for the construction of Nagoya castle used tenugui cloth with unusual patterns. This inspired him to develop his own patterns using tie dyeing techniques. Takeda later moved to the city of Arimatsu, which then gave the name to this craft.


In 1872, Takeda Kahei decided to keep on the family tradition and opened the Takeda Kahei Shouten shop. Nowadays, the shop is still owned by the Takeda family and keeps on using the same hand-made traditional techniques to create many products from Yukata to purses.


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This Tenugui has a wave like indigo blue drawing with two plovers on it, the apparent simplicity of the pattern is actually hiding the very complex process of production for such a product. Completely hand-made this Tenugui needs highly skilled craftsmen to be realized. The two white plovers on the deep blue background give a soft impression and emphasize the color of the dyed cloth.

The Tenugui were first created during the Heian period (AD 794 - 1192), over the years they also became appreciated as artistic objects thanks to their beautiful patterns. The Tenugui are very popular in Japan, they can be used in many different ways such as wiping cloth for glasses, for wrapping presents or even as decorative ornaments. The Tenugui have a soft texture that will along with the color evolve with time.

Takeda Kahei has been producing Arimatsu Shibori products since its establishment in 1872 by Takeda Kahei himself. Yet, the tradition of tie-dyeing technique is much older and was transmitted throughout the generations. Nowadays, Takeda Kahei tries to diversify from producing only Yukata or Tenugui with modern products such as fans, purses and pouches.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Product Number 3000855
Time Until Shipping 2 days
Brand Takeda Kahei
Dimensions missing
Made In Japan
Prefecture Aichi
All Material Cotton
Alcohol % No
Dyeing method Knot tie dyeing