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A tenugui (手拭) is the famous Japanese cotton towel. The ordinary size of a tenugui is about 35 cm x 90 cm so it's a rectangle. It is usually used as a washcloth, as a head covering during the work in the rice fields for example, as a dishcloth, or as a headband during a festival or simply as a decoration. In addition, since very ancient times the Japanese appreciate the hot bath (especially 'onsen') and during the baths they use a tenugui to wipe or refresh the head by having it folded and moistened which would avoid discomforts related to volcanic water which is too hot.
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