Original Hand Towel "Ai" Symbol of Naoe Kanetsugu
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Directory: New Century: Textiles: Contemporary: item # 873065
Please refer to our stock # T-012 when inquiring.
B1/F, Nihonbashi Yuwa Bldg., 3-3-8 Hongoku-cho,
Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Naoe Kanetsugu was a resourceful general and great supporter of Uesugi clan. He defended Uesugi clan after defeat of Sekigahara war with his motto "Justice" which was faith of Uesugi Kenshin. His ability was recognized by not only Toyotomi Hideyoshi but also Tokugawa Ieyasu, though Kanetsugu was a mere vassal of Uesugi clan. Moreover, Kanetsugu never obeyed against injustice demand and thrust a challenge at Ieyasu who was reigning over the whole country.
Kanetsugu's Kabuto is famous for its ornament shaping Chinese letter "Ai". A single letter "Ai" means "love" in today, but probably the letter of this ornament was originated from the initial letter of Atago-gongen. Atago-gongen is god of war so carrying with the letter meant the god should protect him.
This hand towel is very uniquely designed with the dynamic letter "Ai" on the cloth with a cloud pattern. In ancient Asia, the cloud was believed to be chariot of gods, and the pattern of the item has powerful line so that it looks as if Chinese dragon coiling itself up.
This item is hand perfected by artisan who has taken over the traditional Edo workmanship. The pattern has been cut out using Japanese traditional paper, and dyed skillfully by hand-work. Coloring of the letter "Ai" is sober gold, image of the original Kabuto.
*Tenugui, Japanese traditional hand towel is not only can be used as just towel but also used as home decoration or wrapping material.Size: 32cm (H)x 100cm (W)
Material: cotton 100% (made in Japan)
*How To Take Care of The Hand Towel
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Japan (Local) - $7