Fukusa: A square silk cloth used in cha-no-yu for the ritual cleaning of the tea scoop and the natsume or cha-ire, and for handling hot kettle or pot lids. Fukusa are sometimes used by guests for protecting the tea implements when they are examining them. When not in use the fukusa is tucked into the “obi,” or belt of the kimono. Fukusa are of different colours for men and women, for people of different ages or skill levels, for different ceremonies and schools.
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