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Shop door curtain

Shop door curtain

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1870-1970 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, indigo blue, painted in tubework resist (tsutsugaki) and/or stencil resist.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Door curtain (noren) of indigo blue cotton made from three sewn-together loom widths, which are left partly unsewn to allow a passage through the doorway.
The cotton is turned over at the top and the bottom to make a narrow hem.
In the centre, reserved in white, is a crest (mon) depicting a tachibana (flower) in an arch. At the bottom left are two characters which read 'Ikoma', a surname. The design seems to be executed in tube-work resist (tsutsugaki) and/or stencil resist.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1870-1970 (Made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, indigo blue, painted in tubework resist (tsutsugaki) and/or stencil resist.

Marks and inscriptions

'Ikoma' is a surname


Height: 144.0 cm, Width: 102.0 cm, Width: 34 cm each loom width

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number: 1981/1804.

Descriptive line

Door curtain (noren), woven blue cotton with resist dyed crest, Japan, 1870-1970

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Earle, J. (editor), Japanese Art and Design: The Toshiba Gallery Guide, London: V&A Publications, 1986, p.174.
Jackson, Anna, Japanese Country Textiles, London: V&A Publications, 1997, fig 41


Cotton (textile); Indigo


Resist dyed; Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Flower; Crests




East Asia Collection

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