野菜の雫、ぎゅっとタオルにとじこめて

Let the the gentle colors of nature color your life…

Let the the gentle colors of nature color your life…

Our Shizuku Towel collection started with a single thought… “How could we harvest the beautiful pure colors of freshly grown vegetables and use them to dye our towels…” With our goal in mind, we set about this by combining our highly absorbent towels with local vegetables, in the hopes of bringing the gentle colors of nature into our customers lives.

Keeping nature’s color

Keeping nature’s color

Mizu Eggplant, Senshu onion, Matsunami cabbage, basil, all specialties of the Southern Osaka region, are first sorted from fruit, to skin and them to leaves, each color is carefully extracted to make the dye. In our unique technique of towel dyeing, we are able to preserve the original colors of the vegetables and keep the feel of nature without the fading.

Our products are free of bleaching agents, optical brighteners, and chemical softeners

Our products are free of bleaching agents, optical brighteners, and chemical softeners

Compared to conventional vegetation dyeing techniques, our dyes are highly durable and less likely to fade even after to continual use. As our dyes are resourced from nature, depending on the season and the environment of dyeing, the colors produced may differ subtly. Therefore, each of our products are unique and have a one of a kind feel, a difference we hope our customers enjoy.

From the essence of 5 Osaka vegetables, 7 towels were produced.

  • Water Eggplant
  • Senshu Onion
  • Ayahomare Carrot
  • Osaka Basil
  • Matsunami Cabbage

From the soil, cotton seeds germinate, bloom and bear fruit. This fruit then becomes the raw material forming the yarn that is eventually woven to create a towel. Although agriculture and those who produce the crops are vital to the process of towel making this is often overlooked. It is our hope that by using raw materials and vegetables as our dye we can convey a message of the care that comes from the farmers and is showcased through our products.

Shizuku Towel Recipe

Reusing vegetables

Reusing vegetables

Following the production of delicious carrot juice, straight from Osaka’s local vegetables, the remaining pulp and byproduct, that was once discarded is now put to a new use. In addition, misshapen vegetables not suitable for sale and harvested leaves and basil are also utilized to make our dyes.

Multiple Dyes

Multi
                    ple Dyes

From the fruit to the peel and even the skin, all of nature’s colors are extracted to make our dyes. By repeating the dyeing process several times we are able to achieve our deep hues while retaining the natural color of fresh vegetables that it comes from.

Vegetable color with new dyeing technology

Vegetable color with new dyeing technology

Through the use of new technology we are able to source the vegetables color and dye our towels from it. In the process we do not use any bleaching agents, optical brighteners, or softeners. Compared to conventional vegetation dyeing, which has a tendency to fade our colors are durable and maintain their color even after continues washing and prolonged usage.

A thin towel with premium water absorption

A thin towel with premium water absorption

The last stage of our process is to create a towel that is thin and easy-to-handle that is also highly absorbent. In order to achieve this, we weave towels that are light in nature and have a fine texture, such as our double gauze products. Our handkerchief towels display not only the rich vegetable color from which they were dyed but also are patterned with the vegetable itself!

The 3 kinds of Shizuku Towels

Towel type, Gauze type, Kitchen Towel type, Stole

Towel type

With attention to design and detail we have created a set of thin, highly absorbent towels patterned with the motif of each vegetable. These towels are easily portable and fit comfortably in a pocket.
Size: 25cm x 25cm

Gauze type

Our gauze type towel, which is highly absorbent is also very soft to the touch. In addition to being very soft these towels are also very durable and maintain their color and shape even after multiple washes. These towels are easily portable and fit comfortably in a pocket.
Size: 25cm x 25cm

Kitchen Towel type

Our kitchen towel, is built to stand up to the many uses needed in a kitchen. From drying hands and tableware to wiping down surfaces, the gauze weave of this towel means that even after a lot of wear it will keep its original form. For practicality, the length and width of these towels are ideal for towel hangers.
Size: 25cm x 90cm

Stole

Our soft gauze woven stole, with it’s double layer finish allows for the product to be light weight while also retaining heat. The contrast between deep natural color and woven pattern makes for a beautiful finish with an elegant transparency. Made from cotton and rayon this stole is washing machine safe.
Size: 60cm x 180cm

SHIZUKU LINEUP

With attention to design and detail we have created a set of thin, highly absorbent towels patterned with the motif of each vegetable. These towels are easily portable and fit comfortably in a pocket.

SHIZUKU LINEUP

Our gauze type towel, which is highly absorbent is also very soft to the touch. In addition to being very soft these towels are also very durable and maintain their color and shape even after multiple washes. These towels are easily portable and fit comfortably in a pocket.

SHIZUKU LINEUP

Our kitchen towel, is built to stand up to the many uses needed in a kitchen. From drying hands and tableware to wiping down surfaces, the gauze weave of this towel means that even after a lot of wear it will keep its original form. For practicality, the length and width of these towels are ideal for towel hangers.

SHIZUKU LINEUP

Our soft gauze woven stole, with it’s double layer finish allows for the product to be light weight while also retaining heat. The contrast between deep natural color and woven pattern makes for a beautiful finish with an elegant transparency. Made from cotton and rayon this stole is washing machine safe.

stole

The gauze woven stole is a Fukuroya factory brand original. Available in three natural colors - wine, matcha and eggplant, these products showcase the “NOKORI-FUKU” concept of utilizing the remaining fortune. Woven with a pattern influenced by nature these stoles are both light and comfortable to wear.

NOKORI-FUKU ~のこり福~

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Handling & Care

As our towels are dyed using natural vegetable derived dyes, the appearance of our products can vary slightly depending on the season and environment in which they are dyed. Additionally, some color changes may occur during use. In order to extend the life your products please note the following care instructions. (light / sweat / washing fastness of our towels is 3 - 4 or higher)
Fastness is the "fastness of dyeing" and refers to the degree of color fastness to various external conditions such as sunlight, washing, sweat, friction, acid, ironing, etc.
The measurement and judgment, etc. are specified in JIS.

[Composition]
100% cotton (gauze stole is 70% cotton / 30% rayon)

[Notes on washing]
* Use a neutral detergent in water up to 30℃
We recommend that you avoid using chlorine bleach detergents.
* Using a tumble dryer such as a drum-type washing machine or dryer may cause wrinkles, shrinkage, loss of shape, and lint.

[Notes on handling]
* If exposed to direct sunlight or strong fluorescent light for a long time, discoloration may occur.
* If left for a long time wet with sweat or water, discoloration and color transfer may occur.