Together with tenugui, hana-fukin - literally kitchen cloth - represents the basic cloth that every Japanese household needs to have, as they perfectly complement with each other: while the tenugui is made of a finer cotton fabric, the hana-fukin is a bit rougher and more raw, due to its peculiar origin.
A specialty of Nara prefecture, hana-fukin is actually made of mosquito net cloth: in the past, when mosquito netting declined in demand, due to changing lifestyles, its manufacturers - valuing the fabric's absorbency and durability - decided to reintroduce it as dishcloths, with immediate and utter success.
This version of the hana-fukin is a bit peculiar, not only in the reduced size (30x35cm), but also because 4 layers of fabric for mosquito nets are coupled with one layer of gauze, to make it even more dense, while maintaining the speed of drying, typical of hana-fukin. The more these dishcloths are washed, the softer and more comfortable to the touch they become.
The subject on this hana-fukin is the legendary Mount Fuji (the so-called Fuji-san), revered and beloved by all Japanese.