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Different combinations of craft techniques are essential in creating good hanging scroll Asian wall art. Most of the elements used in creating these artworks consist of metal, cloth, paper and wood. A scroll art master must perfectly combine these elements in order to make an excellent decorative art. If all the materials used are carefully selected, you can be sure that the hanging scroll art will last for many years. Hanging scrolls are interchangeably called kakemono and kekejiku in Japan. Kakemono is another word for ‘hanging’ while kakejiku means ‘hung scroll’. It is also different from makimono because the latter is meant to be spread on a flat surface laterally.

The practice of making kakejiku started during a.d. 857-1185 of the Heian Period. Since then, the practice of mounting scroll arts has remained almost unchanged. It has withstood thousands of years of lost art traditions. It is also the first work of art able to explore vast extent of history and craft making. Japanese scroll art origin can be traced back to India, China and Tibet. While many traditional artwork making had died throughout the centuries, hanging scroll Asian wall art was able to adapt to the ever-changing trends and styles of the newer generations.

Because of its enduring beauty, most kakejiku are situated in tokonama or cubicles in Japanese rooms where important art displays are placed. These alcoves originated from Zen Buddhist priests’ private altar, and have been adapted even by modern homes of today. There are different elaborate meanings in hanging scroll wall art. For example, a scroll with dragon art is believed to beckon good luck for the household where it is displayed. Other symbols can bring good fortune and prosperity.

Many scroll collectors know the value of each hanging scroll art. Hanging scrolls appeal to them because of their uniqueness. Each scroll is often created by hand, and an artisan painstakingly spends long hours just to construct a single piece. Buying a hanging scroll art means acquiring the fruit of the artist’s labor. In terms of value, you actually take more than what you pay for. Unless the pieces are reproduced, most scroll arts are hand-drawn individually, and almost no two pieces are alike. This increases its unique value, and every piece is bound to turn into an antique after a period of years. Keeping these scroll arts also means protecting the hard labor and talents of these artists.


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