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Re: Adhering paper to cloth for scrolls

On Tue, 14 Jan 1997, Jack C. Thompson wrote:

> People interested in traditional Asian scroll mounting techniques and
> materials can find a great deal of useful information in three books and
> one film.
> The film, _Art of the Hyogushi_ was produced by the Smithsonian
> Institution.  While it is a well made film, showing how work was (is?) done
> at the Freer Gallery, some accomodations were made when traditional
> practices came into contact with the Federal Civil Service....

I was told by a conservator that The Freer had a major change in
practice to eliminate the non archival methods and materials, that the
museun could not continue to use methods that were less than the best
available regardless of traditions.  The Smithsonian didn't want to pay
for more work in the same scrolls within a generation.  I f I recall
correctly, 50 years was the outside limit, but with modern materials it
could be increased to 75 to 100 years between treatments.

I when I saw the film a Japanese papermaker in attendance made it a point
to tell us that the working arrangements portrayed in the film were not
quite on the up and up.  It seems that the two asian scroll specialists
were show working in close contact (if not together) would not normally
do so because they were of different regions and would normally avoid any
daily contact.  Traditions run deep.

The film is still great.  Lots of brushing!

     M I C H A E L   M O R I N                M.F.A., M.L.S.

Director Celtic Press               Instructional Media Librarian
  Buffalo  New York                  D'Youville College Library
         Co-Moderator Buffalo Free-Net Preservation SIG
    Member Buffalo Free-Net Information Development Committee

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