Japanese Towel Art To Delight And Amaze

Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze

Isamu Sasagawa just might be the greatest towel artist in Japan, if not the entire Earth. What is towel art? It's folding towels to resemble things, whether that's animals or figures from pop culture. (And yes, some people like to fold dicks with towels. Shame on them!)

If you've stayed at Walt Disney World, you might know firsthand about towel art. Among its housekeeping staff, Disney has numerous towel artists. And they're quite good.

But there's something so inventive about Sasagawa's towel creations. He's not just folding animals, but creating all sorts of stuff: baby bottles and women's laps, characters like Totoro or Gremlins, or even the Rolling Stones kiss mark.

Sasagawa has written books about this "oshibori art" (in Japanese, "oshibori" or おしぼり are the small wet hand towels you are given before a meal) as well as created an iOS app. Have a look at his creations below:

Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze
Japanese Towel Art to Delight and Amaze

Here, you can see the how-to for the above creation, which is a towel version of Maetel, the mysterious blonde woman in classic anime Galaxy Express 999. (In the video, he's "singing" the steps in Japanese.)

So simple. So clever. Very cool. Bravo.

ササブログ [Ameblo via まとめ] Isamu Sasagawa [YouTube]


Comments

    I recently got back from a cruise. Nearly every night when we returned to the room we were greeted with towel animals. I'm no towel connoisseur but the examples above are fairly mundane compared to what we saw. Multiple towels and face washers were used to create cats, rabbits and dogs. The highlight was drinking kava and returning to the room to be suprised by a towel monkey hanging in the middle of the bathroom

      Same when I went on a cruise too. Unfortunately they ran out of the books on how to make them

      the keywords here are"multiple towels". It's a lot harder to make shapes with a single piece than it is with multiple pieces.

      As far as I can tell, all of the above were made with a single towel for each piece

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