To protect against deterioration over
time, the Japanese paper Usami Shutokudo uses for restore
and picture mounting is made from high-quality materials
by skillful paper-making artisans.
Because we have so much experience using different kinds
of Japanese paper, when we ask ourselves "Which paper
made from which materials and processes should we use?",
it is easy for us to carefully investigate and select the
The Japanese paper we use for mounting differs depending
on the mounting process. "Usuminogami" is used
for the end leaves of books. "Misugami" is used
for adjusting the thickness of the paper or silk mounting.
"Utagami" is used for the final stage of lining,
and "Sekishuushi" is used for the foundations
of furnishings. When we repair damage to ancient documents,
we need to use the right restoration paper. We don't just
use new paper that looks similar to the old paper, but we
also use restoration paper that has the same feel and is
made from the same materials as the original.
All of our Japanese paper is made from traditional paper-making
techniques for the sake of preserving Oriental artwork.
When we choose the silk for mounting an
artwork, we select one that both harmonizes with, and highlights
the beauty of the artwork. We don't just look at the colour
schemes and textures when mounting the artwork, we also
consider the theme of the artwork when choosing matching
brocade silks. Should time and circumstances permit, we
will even take into consideration the mood of the place
where it will be hung when selecting the silks.
Because the famous textile production area of Nishijin is
located in Kyoto near us, we are able to select from the
finest quality brocades, gold brocades and damask silks.
Because we are meticulous about the harmony of the silk
and the artwork, we frequently make special orders of silks
with a certain pattern or colour scheme. We work very hard
to select the best mounting silks to match your artwork.
When mounting pictures, we use a paste
made from boiling wheat starch called "Shoufunori".
It is difficult to make because we must consider the heat
of the fire, the amount of water, the season and humidity
level of the day when we make it. We call the type of paste
that is put into a jar to ferment for 10 years "Furunori".
We can make fresh paste and use it any day, but "Furunori"
can only be made once a year during a very cold period,
and then must be taken care of for 10 years while it ferments.
Fresh glue has a strong bond strength, whereas "Furunori"
is very weak, and is used specially during the mounting
or mending process.