Tenugui towel shop in Kyoto-style machiya
Text: Keiko Kimura
RAAK has its main shop in a classic looking machiya (traditional Kyoto style house) near Karasumaoike Station. The white character on dark blue cloth matches the wooden exterior.
They are the oldest cotton cloth trader in Japan with more than 400 years of history. The 14th generation owner has launched a new brand RAAK. The name represents 'outgoing from Kyoto (also called Raku)'. Their variety of products include tenugui-towel to small Japanese items. The colorful and cute patterns are becoming popular among the young generation, especially ladybug, panda bear and hedgehog.
Tenugui can be used in many ways beside wiping your hands. For example, you can wrap a bottle of wine or soft toys as a present. It will even be better than regular wrapping papers! Another way is to wrap a box of tissue and it will suddenly become a stylish item in your living room!
RAAK's colorful tenuguis are each carefully made by the craftsmen. You will surely enjoy your time looking for your favorite pattern at the store.
★Next TRAVEL IDEA spot of ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto - Visiting shops in Machiya' is ‘Shiorian’.
★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature