Tenugui Design Contest


The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) is proud to announce its new “Tenugui Design Contest”, a design contest open to Malaysians aged 18 and above and accepting submissions from 1st to 31st October 2021.

Tenugui is a traditional Japanese towel that has been a staple of Japanese homes and used for a variety of purposes from everyday uses, statement pieces to decorations and as well as reusable gift wraps.

Following the success of the “Furoshiki Design Contest” held in February 2021, JFKL once again aims to unearth and showcase new creative talents in Malaysia through the creation of Tenugui designs that incorporate diverse Malaysian and Japanese cultural elements.

The judges for this contest are:

  • Assistant Professor Dr Debbie Gan Siew Siew

Deputy Dean, First City University College

  • Nik Faiz Nik Amin

Founder and Creative Director of Gahara

  • Nini Marini

Artist & Creative Entrepreneur

We are looking forward to seeing original fusion designs that feature imaginative and unique Malaysian and Japanese cultural combinations.


Only one entry is allowed per individual. All designs must be submitted by 5.00 pm, 31st October 2021.



First prize:

RM1,500 and certificate

Second prize:

RM1,000 and certificate

Third prize:

RM500 and certificate

Further information on the contest,  Contest  Guideline and  Entry  Form is available at www.jfkl.org.my/tenugui-design-contest or email tenuguicontest@jfkl.org.my for any enquiries.


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