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Noren with Design of Flowering Cherry Tree

Meiji period (1868–1912)
19th century
Indigo-dyed hemp
Overall: 64 3/16 x 59 13/16 in. (163 x 152 cm)
Credit Line:
Seymour Fund, 1980
Accession Number:
Not on view
A noren (shop curtain) hangs across the upper part of a doorway as a sort of partition and is supported by a pole passing through its loops. It is made up of several vertical panel sunder which people can easily pass through the doorway.

The boldly flowering cherry tree that covers the coarse plain weave of this noren was drawn with the tsutsugaki (literally, "tube-drawing") technique. In this paste-resist dyeing process, the design is drawn with an applicator consisting of a paper cone with a metal tip that trails rice paste onto the cloth. Then the cloth is dyed, usually with indigo. The areas covered with paste resist the dye and remain white while the background, through repeated dipping and oxidation, attains a dark blue color.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

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