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CHINESE AND JAPANESE SCROLL PAINTINGS

The history of Chinese art is goes back almost 6,000 years ago. It is thought that the art of Chinese painting began due to the written language. The written language in the Chinese language are simple pictures also called pictographs.

Round pointed brushes made out of goat hair or wolf hair are used in traditional Chinese painting. The two most highly prized form of art are calligraphy and painting in the Chinese culture. Calligraphy is chosen as the purest form of art. Famous calligrapher’s writings are mounted on scrolls and proudly hung on the walls.

In ancient China the hand painted scroll is one of the examples in how art was used many years ago. Horizontal scrolls unroll from the right to the left. When the horizontal scroll is used, the person looking at it may look at one segment at a time. The horizontal scroll is like a picture storybook. The horizontal hand scroll leads to the shorter vertical hanging scroll.

It is thought that in the first century of A.D. paper was invented in China. Before paper was invented, silk was used to create the Chinese scrolls. Although silk is not very absorbent, so the practice of paint and ink application came about.

Many of the modern scrolls you see today are painted on Xuan paper which is known by more people as rice paper. When making a Chinese scroll, to hang it up a thin piece of wood with a cord that is placed on the top. The bottom of the scroll is given a wooden dowel so that the scroll will not roll up. You will find scrolls with silk backing or edges. Many scrolls are not painted on silk. Although many Chinese scrolls are not painted on silk, you may find Chinese silk ties and Chinese silk scarves available.

Over time scrolls had landscape added to them. The Chinese think of mankind and landscape as magical so you will find that many Chinese silk scrolls have a landscape on them. Over the years, other subjects were added to the Chinese scrolls.

Chinese scrolls make great gifts for others or for yourself. There is so much beautiful art and meaning in a Chinese scroll. Although it is difficult to come by one of the Chinese silk scrolls, you can still own a beautiful piece of art and perhaps history with a Chinese scroll. You can choose from vibrantly colored scrolls or black and white scrolls. Depending on your décor in your home or the gift recipient’s home will depend on which one you chose.

Kakejiku Hanging Scrolls

Japanese hanging scrolls or kakejiku are one of the most important elements in the traditional Japanese room. Especially in the world of tea ceremony, kakejiku is known as cha-kakejiku. They are expressly made to compliment interiors where tea (cha) ceremony is performed. With a subtle simplicity designed to encourage a deeper understanding of the tea ceremony's own rustic beauty, cha-kakejiku are different from other types of kakejiku used in ordinary households and in Buddhism temples.

Kakejiku are created by a fine combination of several different craft techniques using paper, cloth, wood, metal and other materials. Long-time practice and sensitivity is needed by the crafts person in order to get the materials to work together and compliment each other. Although kakejiku can be called Japanese "frames," they must be distinguished from the western concept of framing. This is because they are designed to be rolled up so that art work inside can be safely stored and preserved. For this reason, the layers of paper and cloth have to be perfectly fit and attached to each other. The materials used to mount the art work must be of extremely high quality which will last without degrading even after many long years.

Kakejiku are not static art pieces, but very alive. They are a part of ever-changing environments. A good kakejiku master can foresee the life span of the piece, one of the most important and painstaking points in the kakejiku-making process. Room conditions must be carefully monitored, with just the right amount of humidity to maintain quality. This is because all the materials have originated in the natural Japanese climate.