“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
Tenugui – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenugui
Itajime shibori – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shibori
Reference: Ukiyo-e from the Edo period
Tenugui used as a handkerchief – Van Gogh Museum
Tenugui used as headbands – Museum of Fine Art Boston