Restoration Antique Japanese Kakejiku Scroll: Stain Removal

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An antique kakejiku is charming but quite a fragile one. In various environments, kakejiku is damaged by various causes such as animal or vegetable oils, dust over time, the accumulation of tobacco smoke and incense soot, mold, mud, rust, pigments, sumi ink and so on. Dirt/stain is usually made up of multiple components as stated above. Some are easy to remove, some are difficult but not impossible to remove.

According to circumstances, we choose the best way to remove dirt. We simply call the process “cleaning”.

 

Sometimes, stubborn dirt stains cannot be removed by cleaning. In this case, we need to take this one step further, which is to use good old-fashioned bleach. The act is like bleaching stained clothes, but we must be more cautious as the art is delicate and making the wrong move can cause even more damage than dirt and stains. Bleach should always be diluted with the right amount of water first before use by a mounter. Still, it is very difficult to judge dilution rate even for a seasoned mounter. We hear that many other mounters decline a customer’s request for stain removal using bleach due to the laborious process. ART NOMURA does best to meet customer needs as much as possible because we care.

We are going to talk about how we treated an antique stained kakejiku.

 

Stain Removal from Painting

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One look at the kakejiku, we knew they are a kind of stains that would not be pushed to the surface just by cleaning. Spots are spread all over the painting like chickenpox.

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Due to many spots, birds looks like they are hiding in plain sight.

Removal Stain remove restoration restore kakejiku Japanese antique hanging scroll kakejiku

 

Also, the spots are on the fog too. Fog created out of blank space adds the atmosphere to the painting, but the spots are ruining it.

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Restoration (Remounting) Process

Outline of the restoration process will be as follows:

01. Selection of the mounting fabric

02. Disassembly

03. Removal of the old backing papers

04. Cleaning

05. Removing stains

06. Mounting

 

If you want to know more about the restoration process, please refer to the below video.

 

Restored Landscape Painting Kakejiku

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The painting itself was sturdy enough so we were not so afraid of bleaching the spots.

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Countless spots were completely removed.

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Birds became more apparent because the spots were gone.

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Spots that were covering the fog area are gone and now we can sense that the surrounding atmosphere envelops the landscape. The feeling of depth is back again.

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This kakejiku depicts a dense fog laid around a precipitous cliff where trees grow lively in these tough environments. The processes of cleaning and bleach did the trick wonderfully to restore the beauty of the landscape.

The longer a stain sits, the tougher it is to remove. If you have an antique kakejiku that needs cleaning, you may want to place it in the hands of a professional. Restoration will make a kakejiku like brand new again (not ruining the good old taste) and can be enjoyed for many years to come.

For restoring an antique kakejiku hanging scroll, please feel free to contact us.

 

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Our Feelings For Kakejiku


 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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