Tenugui

Tenugui
A Tenugui is a thin Japanese hand towel made of cotton. It is typically about 35 by 90 centimeters (13.7" x 35.4") in size, plain weaved and is almost always printed with some pattern. It can be used for anything a towel could be used for - as a washcloth, dishcloth, headband, souvenir or decoration. Towels made from terry cloth have replaced many of its use in the household. However tenugui is still popular as a souvenir, decoration and as a head covering in Kendo. A tenugui frequently appears in anime and manga as a prop during a sento scene.