Hanayome Noren Exhibition is held during until Mother's Day from April 29.
The tradition of “Hanayome Noren”started and has continued to be preserved in the area of the old Kaga Clan, where one of the wealthiest feudal loads, Maeda, governed during the Edo shougunate period.
In the late 19th century, around the end of the Edo period, people in Kaga, or present-day Ishikawa prefecture, started to send off their daughters on the day of their wedding with Hanayome Noren.
Hanayome Noren are typically gorgeous and colorful prints on Habutae silk dyed in the Kaga-yuzen style, and is the symbol of love and blessing of the brides’ parents.
As the bride arrives at the bridegroom’s house for the wedding and begins to make her home there, Hanayome Noren is hung at the entrance of the Buddhist alter room of the house.
The bride, after completing some ritual as she a d her family enters the house,goes through the Hanayome Noren and gives her greetings to the groom’s ancestors at the alter.
Only after that will the formal wedding ceremony start.
After the ceremony, the Hanayome Noren is hung at the entrance of the bedroom of the newly-wed couple for one week,and then is put away,usually for ever.
Noren is a partition made from Japanese fabric now mostly hung at the entrance of traditional Japanese stores.
It is usually made of stout cotton,and dyed with a simple indigo dye.
In kaga or present-day Ishikawa prefecture, however ,where all kinds of delicate artwork including Kaga-yuzen dyeing was developed and has been preserved, they hang noren indoors and outdoors Hanayome Noren is an indoor partition, usually using habutae, the most delicate fabric made of silk.
Hanayome Noren typically presents, even imaginary ones such as phoenixes.
At the top of Hanayome Noren, the family crest of the bride is elegantly included.