Japanese scrolls often incorporate silk, paper and ink (Bilal-Gore, 2015). Most scrolls have three paper layers glued together with Wheat Starch, becoming brittle and weak over time (Bilal-Gore, 2015). Although I won't be using the exact same materials used as genuine Japanese scrolls mine will incorporate silk. The colours of hanging scrolls from my experience of seeing them in Japan and at my grandparents home is that many are quite dull in colour and have a double border to their painted images and or text. I am forging ahead with the colour of red, white and some sort of Japanese silk, emblematic of the Japanese flag.
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I have two choices of some vintage Japanese silk donated to me. One has a lot of flower imagery and is pink whereas the other is a more natural tone of sand/ beige with various imagery of Japanese trees in a traditional style. I have chosen the lighter silk with the tree imagery as each scroll could feature a different image on the back.
i have paired the silk with a bright red broadcloth as seen below.