This beautiful work is created using techniques nurtured by time.
It is said that the original technique of mounting was brought to Japan from China by the members of official missions to China during the Tang dynasty. The artisans were popularly called Kyo-shi, or sutra men, because their work was mostly centered on mounting Buddhist sutras and paintings. As time passed, they also applied their techniques to hanging scrolls, screens, sliding doors, scrolls and art frames.Hence they came to be called Hyogu-shi or mounters.
Process of making art frames
- Confirm order
- Ask client to confirm the location, space and intended application for the frame.
- Conceptualize the design, giving consideration to the subject and expression of the object to be mounted.
- Combine different materials and determine marginal space for mounting and thickness of the frame, taking into consideration the size and coloring of the object.
- Apply backing paper to the object (painting or calligraphy) and to the cloth for mounting.
- Cut wood for the specified size of the frame and its backing. (carved or metallic frames and cases are ordered outside)
- Some pieces of mounting cloth and frames are pressed with gold flakes, coated or finished with lacquer or polished with wax.
- Assemble the parts prepared by the various departments to frame the mounted object.
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