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Cloth Signs Add Color to Urban Landscapes
Noren curtains hang above shop doors, advertising the business inside. They are generally made of cotton or hemp, and their message is presented in resist-dyed characters, patterns or illustrations. Nobori banners have been used since ancient times, traditionally for festivals, at one time to identify battle arrays, and today to proclaim the names of sumo wrestlers and traditional play actors, and to publicize sales campaigns. Japan's towns and cities have lots of signs like these—all fun to look at, and all made of cloth.