⟨ Nice Things ⟩

The fundamental tenderness in daily life

Towels by Momogusa

Text and Photography / Ron Lam

迷糊裡察覺到陽光闖進眼皮下,努力睜開眼醒過來。薄荷味牙膏,微涼的水,柔軟的毛巾,是早上的第一抺溫柔。工作過後,夜深推開家門。浴室裡熱水沖走一天的心歇力疲,裹著浴巾吸去一身水氣,那是晚上的另一抺溫柔。毛巾,可能是我們一生最常接觸,而又常給予我們安慰的生活用品。

Momogusa,位多治見的百草藝廊的原創布藝品品牌,創辦者是百草的主理人之一安藤明子。Momogusa最為人熟知的是Sarong,一圈環形的布料,套在腰上,圍上繩子,就成了一條漂亮的裙子。懷孕的時候,改變腰帶的位置,就能作為托腹帶。Momogusa的Sarong有特別的穿法,兩層或多層重疊著穿,用在外面一層的Sarong,採用的布料材質包括木線及綿麻等,而用在內裡的一層,則是紗布(Gauze)。純綿的紗布,冬季保溫,夏季吸汗,更重要的是它非常柔軟,在身上磨擦時如同被輕柔地安撫著。Momogusa的毛巾,從替嬰兒拭嘴的小手帕、洗臉巾、到洗澡後使用的浴巾,也是用紗布造成的,質地輕軟,大的那張,用來充當夏季用薄被也未嘗不可。

在物質過於豐盛的時代裡,忙於粉飾生活的同時,別忘了從基本處,好好愛惜自己。

The sunlight shined through my sleepy eyelids. It took me quite some effort to wake up. The minty taste of toothpaste, the slightly cool water, and the soft towel, these are the tenderness that helps me to start my day. I sometimes get back home late at night after work, taking a nice hot shower can rejuvenate my exhausted body. Afterward, the towel that dries up my body will give me another tender moment of my day. A towel is probably one of the most common everyday objects that can always soothe our body and soul. 

Momogusa from Tajimi-city is the Galerie Momogusa house brand of textile products, launched by Akiko Ando, one of the founders of the gallery. The most popular product of Momogusa is their sarong, which is a large tube of fabric. The most popular product of Momogusa is their sarong, which is a large tube of fabric. When wrapped around the waist and fastened with a belt, the sarong can be easily turned into a beautiful skirt. With the waistline adjusted, this piece of cloth can be transformed into a maternity belt. Apart from these two ways of wearing, the Momogusa sarong also offers different thicknesses of fabric that allow you to mix and match into multiple layers. The thicker cotton and linen sarong can be worn as the outer layer. When matched with the thin gauze layer on the inside, the two-layer sarong can keep you warm in winter while remaining breathable in summer. The best thing about this sarong is the softness of the fabric that brushes against your skin with soothing gentleness. Also made of gauze, The Momogusa towels come as a comprehensive series that ranges from infant handkerchiefs, washcloths to body towels. The fabric is so light and soft, the body towel can also be used as a perfect summer blanket.

In this consumerist era, while we are too busy beautifying our daily lives, let’s not forget the basics of how we should care for our bodies.