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Catalogue - tenugui. - [Naniwa no Sakigake : Iniri Tenugui Zuanjo?]

Osaka, Kurata Momenten 1912 (Taisho 1). 19x26cm publisher's printed wrapper; 100 tenugui designs printed two a page in two or more colours, 16 furoshiki (gift wrapping cloth) designs and a dozen banten (workmen's decorated jackets) designs. Signs of use, browning mostly of the wax tissue guards and a corner torn from one leaf touching one design. ¶ Something as useful and universal as a tenugui - hand towel, or more precisely hand wipe - was never going to be some prosaic rag and so it became an aesthetic statement, a corporate logo, a gift, wrapping, a souvenir, and plain old sweatband. Companies like Kurata Cotton offered a plenitude of designs and businesses would have their own details added. This is number 9 of Kurata's catalogues of tenugui patterns. I found a record of their 1903 and 1906 catalogues in Japanese libraries and nowhere else.
AUD 200.00 [Appr.: EURO 135 US$ 130.01 | £UK 123 | JP¥ 18689] Book number 10931

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