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Noren Exhibition

  • Silk Weaving Studio 1531 Johnston Street Vancouver, BC, V6H 3R9 Canada (map)
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With Yoko & Kazuho Kano

Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island - Free Admission - Doors open at 7pm - Exhibition runs until November 24. —— TICKET NEEDED FOR ENTRY TO OPENING NIGHT

“Noren” is the name given to traditional Japanese cloth dividers that hang in doorways and windows.

Using a variety of traditional techniques including stitch resist and immersion dyeing, master noren artist Yoko Kano is best known for two large-scale projects—a complete set of noren for each of the historic Japanese towns of Katsuyama and Naoshima.

The works in this exhibit will feature both traditional and contemporary designs. Yoko is assisted by her daughter Kazuho Kano (who will also be present at the opening).

Yoko and Kazuho join us from Japan.


Yoko & Kazuho Kano

Born in 1947 in Katsuyama, Okayama, Japan, Yoko Kano studied weaving and dyeing at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo (1966-69). After graduating, she worked in Tokyo for eight years. 

In 1977, she returned to Katsuyama and set up the Hinoki Dyeing and Weaving Studio in a former sake factory. She continues to work in this beautiful traditional studio set beside a small creek.

Kazuho Kano was born in 1980. She is Yoko’s second daughter. She studied under weaver Kimi Baba at the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. Like her mother, she returned to her hometown of Katsuyama after her studies. She continues to weave and dye at Hinoki Dyeing and Weaving Studio with Yoko.

Earlier Event: November 6
Japanese Noren With Natural Dyes
Later Event: November 8
Creative Block Printing