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These owl design tenugui clothes were made by Toyokazu Ono at his Yotsume dye studio.The Japanese word for owl is ‘Fukurō’, containing a nuance of a harbinger of luck, and of a life without serious effort - as symbolised by the wise owl considering its movements from a tree. Whether or not owls do actually feel chilled out and lucky, these stencil designed patterns present a striking representation of them.Each tenugui is 90cm by 35cm, and can be hung from the ceiling, or stretched across a table. It can also be used as a sustainable wrap, or as a light towel.Tenugui are made to be used, and in Japan the colour fade after washes is taken as part of the life of the item. However, it is still wise to expect a colour run from the hand dyed product, and best to wash separately at least for the first few occasions.
Yotsume Somenuno-sha is the dye studio of Toyokazu Ono. Based in Kunisaki on the north-eastern tip of Kyushu island, Ono practices katazome, or Japanese stencil dye. From a family who have made dye works for temples and Japanese businesses for more than a century, Ono takes his influences from the mid-century revival in katazome led by Keisuke Serizawa, and modern stencil based graffiti. The results are handmade dye works rich in colour and pattern, that offer both a contemporary riff on a traditional craft, and tap into a rich aesthetic seam.