Oshibori is a traditional Japanese hand towel that is often given to guests at restaurants and other establishments. Towels are usually made of cotton or linen and are often scented with a floral scent.
An oshibori can be a cold or hot towel. It is normally given to customers when they first sit down and is used to clean their hands.
Hot oshibori are usually used in winter to warm your hands. Providing the wet towel is considered a gesture of hospitality.
These towels are usually white and square, but can be found in any color or shape.
Oshibori are usually made from natural materials such as cotton or linen. However, they can also be made from synthetic materials such as polyester.
The term oshibori is quite generic in Japan, meaning any type of wet or damp towel.
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How to make an Oshibori
There are several ways to make a Japanese towel. The most common method is to use a napkin-sized piece of cotton or linen fabric.
The fabric is moistened with water and then squeezed. Once damp, it can be used to clean hands and face.
First, get a square-shaped absorbent fabric. The size of the square will depend on the size of the towel you are using.
Then fold the square in half, and then in half again. Now, take the pot of hot water and pour it into the bowl. Also add cold water to the bowl.
Then take the oshibori towel and soak it in the hot water. Shake it out and then dip it in cold water.
Oshibori can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week. To use the towel, just wet it and wring it out.