|Item|| Exceptionally Fine, Large Tsutsugaki Indigo Hemp Noren Textile
Cranes In Flight And Pine Trees
Beautifully Executed Tsutsugaki Images.
This Hemp noren could be easily divided into 2 or 3 panel separate norens, or other combinations.
Rare to find a tsutsugaki hemp textile from the late Meiji ~ Taisho Periods.
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|Late 1800s to Early 1900s|
|Fabric||Hemp, Homespun, hand loomed|
|5.9 X 5.3 feet
180 X 160 cm
Heavy Weight, Strong, Thick, Slightly Coarse Fabric,
2.1 lb, 929 g
No holes, no patches, no tears.
Noren are traditional Japanese dividers hung between rooms, on walls, or in windows and at shop entrances. They have one or more vertical slits from the bottom to nearly the top of the fabric, allowing for easier passage or viewing
Fabric noren in Japan have a long history that carries forward to today.
About 800 AD, norens were used by all Japanese households. They were seen in farm communities, fishing towns and mountain villages as a simple curtains displayed at the front of a house. Their purpose was to protect the home from the sun, wind, dust and, in addition, to separate rooms within the home.
Later on in the early 1600s, noren appeared ubiquitously in front of traditional Japanese shops where they displayed images & kanji letters. These noren were basic advertising signs that indicated the nature of the business within; for example sushi shops, sake stores, public bath, etc. Often they showed kamon, or family/business crest as a business logo. These noren appeared at the shop's entrance when it opened for business and were removed at closing time.
Shop noren were typically made from hemp for its durability and interior noren might be made either from hemp or cotton.