Another thing you can do with kimonos and kimono fabric is make noren (暖簾), which are traditional Japanese doorway curtains. These can add a lot of character and style to any home, and come in a variety of styles and sizes.
You can see one style in the front of Yurin, a local shop in Kyoto that makes all sorts of home goods from obi – kimono belts.
Their shop has a short, but long noren. Most will max out around this length, but you’ll sometimes see very large ones if they’re used to protect from the sunlight or dust.
This wool chirimen (縮緬) noren by Hanami Clothing has a gorgeous flower pattern in purple, pink, and blue, with green leaves, on a red background.
You can also purchase this on Amazon, and get it in two days if you’re a Prime subscriber. Just click here: Flower Pattern Wool Noren, featuring Cherry Blossoms (Sakura), Chrysanthemum, Tsubaki (Camellia), Peonies, Flowers, Vines, and Traditional Patterns.
One magnificent thing about using kimono fabric is that kimonos have some of the most beautiful and unique patterns one can find. You can see all the tiny details that were painstakingly created. There are also beautiful blends of colors, and the unique printing technique gives it additional flair.
See how the inking changes? This is because it wasn’t created with a large inkjet printer, but using traditional methods by hand. In a time where perfection is key, looking for things like this makes you stand out from the crowd.
Be sure that you visit us again soon, to see what other cool things we can show you. We’ll be posting more things about kimono culture and buying kimonos in Kyoto.