Fabric

Kireji

The “kireji” is a type of cloth used for mounting. The price of the kireji influences the price of a “kakejiku” (hanging scroll) or its mounting. The selection of the kireji is an important element for a kakejiku, because the kireji must accentuate a main artwork.
The kireji is woven, so is made up of a warp and weft. The design is formed by changing the thread color in the warp and the weft. The price of the kireji depends on the kind and combination of the threads.

Donsu and Kinran

There are a great many kinds of kireji. Kireji is roughly classified into “donsu” (damask), or “kinran” (gold brocade).
Donsu is known to have been loved by the tea master SEN no Rikyuu. The warp and weft of donsu may be of the same, or different colors. The donsu is thick and glossy, and is a high quality fabric. Various materials are used for donsu, such as silk, cotton, and chemical fibers.
Kinran is a very important fabric used for the parts of a kakejiku, such as “ichimonji” (two brocade borders), a “naka-mawashi” (inner enclosure), and “fuutai” (a pair of decorative fabric strips). Kinran has various beautiful patterns embossed with gold thread. Kinran is roughly classified into low, middle, and high quality kinran (“hon-kinran”).

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donsu
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kinran

Rule

The kireji makes an main artwork more impressive. There is an important rule in using the kireji for an main artwork: the kireji mustn’t attract more attention than the main artwork, but should accentuate the artwork. It seems a simple rule, but profound. Whether the artwork appears at its best is dependent on the kireji.

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It is an unspoken rule that the “kireji” (mounting fabric) mustn’t attract more attention than the artwork, but should accentuate it. So, using expensive kireji does not always go well. The selection of the kireji is very difficult and delicate, so knowledge of art, a sense for choosing materials, and a good sense of color are essential.

No1 (example001) is a good combination. “Suibokuga” (ink painting), the art of painting in just one color using “sumi” (Japanese ink), is not only for painting lines, but also for showing gradation through contrasting ink density, and lighting. In this painting, a tranquil atmosphere is an important element. In this example, the mounting fabrics accentuate the atmosphere.
No2 (example001) is a bad combination. The expensive kinran (gold brocade) is used, but it attracts more attention than the artwork. It spoils the atmosphere.


 

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It is an unspoken rule that the kireji (mounting fabric) should accentuate the artwork.

No1 (example002) is a good combination. This painting of The Thirteen Buddhas “Juusanbutsu” is sacred and gorgeous. The grandeur atmosphere is an important element for this work. In this example, the mounting fabrics accentuate the atmosphere.
No2 (example002) is a bad combination. The soft colored kireji is used, but it doesn’t accentuate the work. Using “safe” kireji does not always go well, either.

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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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Name Art Nomura


President Tatsuji Nomura


Founded1973


Established1992


Address7-23 Babadori, Tarumi-ku, Kobe city,
Hyougo Prefecture, 655-0021, Japan



Capital10 million yen


URLhttp://nomurakakejiku.com


Our Business

 Art Nomura is an art dealer which produces kakejiku (hanging scrolls). We mount many paintings and calligraphic works in kakejiku in my factory. Kakejiku are our main product. We also remount and repair old or damaged kakejiku. We share the traditional Japanese art of kakejiku with people all over the world.



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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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