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Item Interior Noren Or Wall Display Piece
Cotton Indigo Tsutsugaki Lightly Faded Indigo
Turtle (kame) Images

This textile was once a futon cover that has been repurposed into an interior noren (room divider). The maker was probably so taken by the dramatic large and well executed turtle and kamon (family crest) images that he decided to refashion this once wedding gift cotton futon cover into this outstanding noren.

There are 2 openings in this noren running up the center.
Early 1900s
Fabric 100% Cotton
Homespun, Hand Loomed. Thick strong fabric, soft feel.
3.3 X 4.8 feet
100 X 145 cm
Heavy-Medium Thickness
12 oz, 330 g

7 separate panels were hand sewn together to create this textile. There is machine stitching running the full width at the top of this textile.
Very good condition with one well executed boro patch, see photos.

We have washed and ironed this textile.

This textile is ready to use in as a noren or to hang as wall art.
What is A Japanese Noren?
Noren are commonly seen in Japan at the entrances to businesses to signify the shop is open for business.

As is the case with this textile, interior noren are used to separate dining areas from kitchen or other preparation areas, also serving to prevent smoke or smells from escaping. 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. 

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