Yotsume Dye House

Hand-Dyed Noren: Crane & Turtle


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. 

This motif is made from a combination of katazome and tsutsugaki, a technique that involves free-hand drawing with rice paste in order to resist dye. The original design is based on Tsuru-Kame, a good luck symbol in Japan that features a crane and turtle. Both are symbols of longevity as expressed in the proverb: a crane lives a thousand years and a turtle ten thousand years. The design is made from a combination of katazome and 


  • Designer: Toyokazu Ono
  • Dimensions: roughly W35" x H40" (88cm x 100cm)
  • Technique: katazome and tsutsugaki
  • Material: 100% natural hemp
  • 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.