Yotsume Dye House
Hand-Dyed Noren: Pearl Network
A natural-dyed noren room divider handcrafted by textile designer Toyokazu Ono of Yotsume Dye House. Based in southern Japan, Ono specializes in katazome, a traditional and labor-intensive process of dying that involves a single stencil made from Japanese paper, rice paste to resist dye and multiple steps of drying, immersing and brushing on the natural pigment.
Pearl Network is an original motif inspired by the Kegon philosophy of Buddhism and expresses the infinitely expanding world of enlightenment. The natural amber hues are from kakishibu, a traditional dye made from unripe persimmons that have been fermented and aged for at least 2 years.
- Designer: Toyokazu Ono
- Color: kakishibu (persimmon tannin dye)
- Dimensions: roughly W35" x H40" (88cm x 100cm)
- Technique: katazome
- Material: 100% natural hemp, natural dye
- Made in Oita, Japan
Yotsume Dye Studio was established in 2015 by textile designer Toyokazu Ono, who decided to carry on a family legacy that began around the turn of the 20th century creating dyed textiles for temples, shrines and schools. Ono combines his expertise in graphic design with a highly traditional approach to the dying process, and an unwavering dedication to all-natural materials. The results are unique, one-of-a-kind textiles that continue to keep the flame of tradition alive.