Japanese headbands, often referred to as tenugui, are thin Japanese towels made from cotton. This lightweight fabric is frequently printed with a specific artwork depicting an inspirational meaning or colorful patterns. Although the cloth can be used for household use, it is a popular headband and accessory. You can position your folds to depict a special meaning on your forehead or you can fold it to feature a portion of your print. These colorful headbands will guard you from perspiration during martial arts, keep your hair from your eyes or spice up your everyday attire.


Spread your headband on a flat table. If you want to showcase a portion of a print, make sure it is centered prior to folding.

Flip your headband over. The print will be facing the table and the wrong side of the fabric will be facing you.

Fold the bottom of the headband lengthwise approximately 4 inches up. Repeat and fold the top of the headband lengthwise 4 inches over the bottom fold towards you. The bottom fold will be hidden. Most of the Japanese headbands measure 36 inches in length by 12 inches in width. The headband print will be approximately 4 inches wide. If you are working with a finished Japanese headband, which is usually 2 3/8 wide, you can adjust the folding measurement to feature your print.

Lift your folded headband and place it around your forehead. Center or position your print in the area you feel most comfortable. Make a simple knot at the back of your head and the fold is complete.