“Mame Shibori / Bean-dot Tie-dye”

Object: Tenugui / Japanese hand towel


Stripes with blue dots (mame = pea) on a white background known as the Mame-Shibori design in Japan. The pattern has existed since the Edo period (1603-1868) to the present and is still popular. This fabric is made by Itazome technique in Arimatsu (famous for Shibori production since the Edo period). But most made by simple techniques like as Chusen-zome and screenprint, they are common today.

Material: Sarashi Momen/ bleached cotton muslin, Kohaba (narrow width), machine woven with selvedge.

Technique: Itazome Shibori/ Tie-dye with indigo on tabby woven cotton fabric

Dimension: 34(W) x 98(L) cm

Density: warp 18 threads x weft 18 threads /cm (unwashed)

Place of origin: Arimatsu, Japan

Location: private

Other info:

Tenugui – Wikipedia   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenugui

Itajime shibori – Wikipedia    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shibori


Mame-Shibori made by Chusen-zome technique

Reference: Ukiyo-e from the Edo period

Tenugui used as a handkerchief – Van Gogh Museum


Tenugui used as headbands – Museum of Fine Art Boston