Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dividers They Stand

On Friday night JP & I saw the wonderful Japan Society retrospective of textile designer and visionary Keisuke Serizawa.
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This stunningly beautiful exhibit's highlight are 'Noren,' Japanese fabric dividers that decorate homes and are hung between rooms, on walls, in doorways, or in windows.
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Before the 20th century, Noren were used in Japanese shops and restaurants as protectin from sun, wind, and dust, and for advertising space. Shopkeepers also used these as an 'open for business' sign, taking them down at closing time.

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