Nihonbashi Qilin Mon
NAKAMURA Inc./ Shin Nakamura × Kyogen Inc./Shoryu Hatoba
This item is a collaboration between the noren producer, dyeing director, and Nakamura Inc. representative Shin Nakamura and the designer and artist Shoryu Hatoba.
It pairs a noren curtain featuring a Qilin design with a Mon Mandala noren, where the design is based on the story of how the mon was created.
The combination of the Qilin design, produced using a traditional dyeing technique, and the more modern Mon Mandala print draws on the strengths of both styles. This noren combines traditional and modern elements of the family crest and dyeing techniques.

Size: W880 x H1,250
Material: 100% cotton
Since its establishment in 1923, Nakamura has focused on noren (partitioning curtains), whose form and function has not changed greatly since the Edo period (1603-1867), proposing new ways of use and design through modern reinterpretation. Originally working as an intermediary that coordinated all processes involved in the making and repairing of kimono, Nakamura drew on the know-how and experience it accumulated through its many years of close interaction with artisians to begin producing noren for clients in Japan and overseas in 2014.

Noren are iconic items that have decorated the entrances of Japanese buildings for centuries. They are thought to have arisen in the Yayoi period (300 BCE-300 CE) as curtains used as sunshades and dust screens. Noren, often dyed with designs that feature distinguishing symbols such as store names, family crests and historical imagery, are considered a forerunner to Japanese outdoor advertising.

Nakamura undertakes the entire production of noren, from suggesting various materials and dyeing techniques to the comprehensive handling of all design elements including graphics, logos, and crests, to bring new life to traditional noren and create "the one and only noren" that perfectly meets the client's demands.

Faced with the demands for efficiency and mass production of modern society, it requires extraordinary effort to simply sustain the exquisite technique and know-how which were handed down by artisians over generations. In an age undergoing constant change, the ability to produce new value that is meaningful to society is the best way to preserve the work of the artisians . And in every age, that role is played by producers with creative ideas, such as Nakamura.

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