Monday, November 29, 2021

Kyoto Noren

Kyoto Noren 京都ののれん

Kyoto is particularly famous for its production of cotton and silk kimono and obi (belts). The centuries of acquired expertise in the fields of design, dyeing, and fabric weaving are also evident in Kyoto's famed noren.

Striking orange noren outside a hotel housed in a traditional machiya.
Striking orange noren outside a hotel housed in a traditional machiya

Perhaps nowhere in Japan are noren curtains as much in evidence as Japan's ancient capital. Nearly every shop of business seems to have a noren curtain outside its entrance. Indeed some businesses such as hairdressers would never have a noren in other Japanese cities. It would be considered far too old-fashioned.

Kimono & Tea Ceremony Maikoya.
Kimono & Tea Ceremony Maikoya

In Kyoto, however, tradition is trendy and even the most contemporary-looking hairdressers or boutique hotel may well have a traditional noren curtain hung outside.

Colors and shapes vary, though plain black and white, in the best traditions of wabi-sabi, seems to predominate. At night, too, white is easily visible.

Even hairdressers in Kyoto may have a noren curtain.
Even hairdressers in Kyoto may have a noren curtain

Here the calligraphy adds interest to the design.
Here the calligraphy adds interest to the design

Simple black and white design.
Simple black and white design

Salon de gigi dog salon
Salon de gigi dog studio

Nazuna, Kyoto.
Nazuna, a traditional Japanese inn, near Nijo Castle

Contact GoodsFromJapan to have your own noren designed and made in Kyoto.
Contact GoodsFromJapan to have your own noren designed and made in Kyoto

Kyoto noren.
Kyoto noren

Venichu
Housing materials company

Goods From Japan sells a variety of noren or we can design and create your own. 

Contact GoodsFromJapan to have your own noren designed and made in Kyoto.

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