Shop Noren (curtain)
Asa (hemp)
Woven, hand painted with sumi ink

The curtain reads Itomonosho, or Haberdashery. The same style of small curtains can be seen hanging from the eaves of the dyer’s shop in the Hiroshige woodblock print above.

Traditionally, Japanese is written right to left, but on this curtain Itomonosho is written from left to right.  This change began during the Meiji period, helping to date this noren.

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