I visited Kanbayashi-san's noren factory in Kyoto last week again to take photos of making process of Roketsu-zome (batik) noren curtains. The factory is producing the off-the-shelf noren curtains and also accepting individual orders from customers. The off-the-shelf noren curtains are shipped though dealers like us.
This Kanbayashi-san's factory is located 20 minutes walk from Kami-Katsura station of Hankyu Railway.
First of all, he needs to layout customers' design on noren curtains. To copy the design, he traces the paper on which the design is printed by lightening from bottom.
The factory keeps its own "knowledge base" (actually a notebook) for color creation. In this knowledge base, the various mix ratios are stored to reach many kinds of colors. They know the best color mix ratio that makes noren curtain look most beautiful.
Anyway, it is an "analog" (not digital) work to create colors of customers' desire.
In the left photo, the base color of noren is dark blue and the designed parts (birds and bamboo leaves) are white off.
After washing and removing wax, the final noren curtain is ready for shipping to customers.
Thank you for visiting!