Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Edo Hyogu

Edo Hyogu Photo

The reason Japanese paintings as old as several hundred years remain beautiful tile today.
Paintings and calligraphic works of several hundred years back remain beautiful even now because Honshi (paintings and calligraphic works) themselves and their edges have been reinforced and repaired with Hyogu (scroll mountings) using fabrics and washi (Japanese paper). After accepting an order from a calligrapher or painter, a Hyogu-shi (picture framer) intuitively makes a plan for combination of colors and patterns. Kireji fabric is a key factor to enhance the atmosphere of the work but a wrong choice will destroy it. A craftsman determines the quality and coloring for the fabric through several interactions with clients about their taste or lifestyle. In a backing process to prevent the degradation of Honshi, special Washi preserved for 5 to 10 years for gentle softening is pasted on the work. Of course, each work is unique and no failure is allowed. Craftsmen use the word “Nige (excuse) Efor any negligences in invisible parts and hate them, and they never allow others to touch their tools which are the most important things after their life. Such craftsmen’s dignity is firm, and through their life they place importance to having whole knowledge of Japanese paintings, calligraphy, printing, tea and others. Recently, they accepted the works with predetermined frame combination and the works sent from abroad, but they never loose the belief of taking care of interactions, to enhance the work, and to increase the preservation of properties.
Tokyo Scroll Mounts Interior Cultural Association
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