Taiwanese scroll makers share their secrets


The Epoch Times reports on a father-son scroll-making business in Taiwan. The bulk of their employment comes from calligraphers and painters of Chinese calligraphy, who require scrolls. In the article, the father and son explain the ancient but little-practiced procedure for producing scrolls.The article is part of a series of articles about Chinese calligraphy in Taiwan. The other articles in the series deal with papermaking and learning the art of calligraphy.

Above: Matting and framing paintings and scrolls are the final steps in creating a work of Chinese art. The process, though simple, requires a delicate hand because Chinese paintings are done on rice paper or silk. Here, Chen mats a calligraphic scroll in his and his father’s workshop in Taipei. (photo by Matthew Robertson/The Epoch Times)

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