Murakami Suigun Tenugui Towel by Maruei Towel: Ichikuzushi
The town of Imabari on Japan’s Shikoku island is famous for two things: towels and pirates.
In the middle ages the Murakami Suigun (who can be seen as pirates or a feudal navy, depending on you point of view) came to dominate the Inland Sea of Japan from their base on the island chain near Imabari. Their insignia and maritime themes are incorporated into the design of this item from within Imabari’s modern point of distinction: towels. Across Japan in hotels and bathrooms, if the towel feels soft you will often find the blue, white and red logo of the Imabari towel union. Within the collective there are numerous individual companies each with pride in the town’s tradition for tightly woven, super soft towels.
Here the CEO of the Maruei towel company, himself a Murakami, suspects he is a descendent of Imabari’s famous pirates. With this in mind Maruei have brought the Murakami pirate logos to a range of towels in a practical tenugui style. Portable, and useful, they can be used in the bathroom, as decoration, or on the road.
Material: 100% cotton tenugui towel.
Made in Imabari city, Ehime prefecture.
Includes 1 tenugui towel.
Size: Length :100cm Width :32cm
Package weight: 100g