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Item Large Hand Made Cotton Tsutusgaki Kakishibu Shop Noren
This textile has a hanging sleeve at the top large enough to accommodate a 1/2+ inch dowel rod.
This is a noren for a unknown business. The image is the owner's business crest (kamon).
The kanji characters in the center of the noren means Sasai, the business owner's name and probably the busines name as well.
Age
Early to Mid 1900s
Fabric Home spun, hand loomed cotton fabric.

Somewhat stiff because of several immersions of kakishibu as a dye/preservative .
Size
3.2 X 4.7 feet
97 X 143 cm
Heavy Weight, Thick Fabric
1.1 lbs, 500 g
This textile consists of 3 separate panels that have been hand stitched together at the top to form the whole noren.
Condition
Very Good Condition
Looks hardly used at all.
Comment Noren are displayed in the front entrance to a shop to signify that the establishment is open for business, and they are always taken down at the end of the business day. However, they have other uses. Traditional Japanese Noren are also dividers, hung between rooms, on walls, in doorways, or in windows. Noren have one or more vertical slits allowing for easy passage into another room, or entrance to a business. Noren are rectangular and come in many different materials, sizes, colors, and patterns. Interior noren are often used to separate dining areas from kitchen or other preparation areas, also serving to prevent smoke or smells from escaping. Exterior noren, such as the one seen here, are traditionally used by shops and restaurants as a means of protection from sun, wind, and dust, and to display the shop name. Names, usually printed by the tsutsugaki method, are Japanese kanji characters but may be monograms (kamon), or abstract designs.


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