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The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin with the continued support of The Sumitomo Foundation in Tokyo, have now commissioned Restorient to conserve three more of their most treasured Japanese paintings. Dating from the early 17th century this set of hand scrolls chart the epic tale of "Hunting the Ogres" It will be possible to follow the conservation of these magnificent hand scrolls here on this blog. We at Restorient are delighted to have the opportunity to share this remarkable project, and to offer some insights into this type of specialist conservation.

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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Scoop !

There will be a number of different Japanese handmade papers used in the conservation of "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter". The first linings are a handmade Mino type paper. This term used to mean a paper made in the  province of Mino, Gifu Prefecture but it has now become more of a general term for a high quality, thin, mulbery fibred paper. The best papers are made in winter when the pure cold water keeps the fibres tight and compact during sheet formation. It is labour intensive, hard physical work. 

We thought we should include this video link as it seemed a concise way of explaining how this remarkable paper is made. In future blogs we will explain why an understanding of how this paper is made relates to its use in conservation. 

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