Restoration Antique Japanese Kakejiku Scroll: Creases

Restoration Antique Japanese Kakejiku Scroll: creases_header

A kakejiku is prone to damages such as creases and abrasions from repeated rolling and unrolling. Creases spoil the beauty of artworks and lead to friction for fabric or the main paper/silk as well as the exfoliation of pigments. Before they get worse, we would like to propose that you have your kakejiku repaired by a mounter or conservator.

Ceases are already progressing with a kakejiku shown below, and a paper used for the painting is on the verge of painting loss.

 

Kakejiku with Severe Creases

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Very long and deep folds are prominent. Let’s zoom in on a detail.

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Upper part

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Lower part

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Side view

 

For a severe creased kakejiku like this, we will reinforce the creases by applying the thin strip of Japanese paper from the back of main artwork. We call the paper and the process ‘ore-fuse’. Once a crease begins to appear, it means the area is vulnerable. The area is likely to produce more deep creases if unattended. Ore-fuse will help prevent this from happening.

 

This is the area where creases are becoming bigger and wider, then turning into a fraking/loss. (See below)

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If a loss is set aside for future restoration, we can re-apply it to the lost area. Every kakejiku’s circumstance is different so we deal with them on a case-by-case basis. Brittle paper or silk is very difficult to accommodate the missing pieces and sometimes they do not fit perfectly. In many cases, however, a loss is already gone or lost before a customer brings an artwork to us. So we would TRUELY recommend you to take your scroll immediately to a mounter/conservator before creases turning into losses. Please do not do anything except keeping the losses. If you try to add a touch, it could make the situation even worse.

 

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. Hada urauchi (First backing)

05. Orefuse (Reinforcement)

06. Fabric Attachment

07. Mashi urauchi (Second backing)

08. Mimi-ori (Folding over the Edge)

09. The Final Backing

10. Finishing

 

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

 

Restored Plum Blossoms Painting Kakejiku Hanging Scroll

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Ta-da! We have remounted the kakejiku with the process of ore-fuse. Creases were beautifully restored. You will notice the difference when you compare Before & After photos as below;

 

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With this kakejiku, we could join the almost-becoming-loss piece back to where it should be. Deep lines became less obvious. Please remember, once you find a sign of a crease, that is the best timing to consider remounting. The longer it takes to restore, the worse it gets. The worse news is that it results in higher restoration fee.

We are pleased to offer you a free estimate for restoration. Before the condition of your scroll gets worse, please feel free to contact us.

 

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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


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 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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