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Traditional Japanese designs can be seen on kimono and yukata, and on tenugui (hand towels), furoshiki (wrapping cloths) and chiyogami.
The tenugui (hand towel) is not merely used for wiping hands and face; in olden times it was also a stylish accessory to one's costume.

The designs shown in the figure below have long been regarded as symbols of good luck and are still widely used.
Celebratory occasions in Japan are indicated by the colors red and white, while occasions of mounring are indicated by black and white.