It is typically about 35 by 90 centimeters 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.
- YouTube: Tenugi displaying an easy method for tying a tenugui for kendo practice.
- YouTube: All Japan Kendo Federation video I (1/3) 04:28 - 05:20 displaying two other methods for tying a tenugui for kendo practice.
- Flickr: Star Wars themed tenugui. displaying an example of a tenugui.