the restoration studio for oriental art on paper and silk


The restoration of Japanese woodblock prints


In principle our approach to the restoration of Japanese woodblock prints is  "less is more" . These prints are so subtle we prefer to adopt an approach of minimal intervention to their conservation. The same principle applies to the storage of prints: so.... less light, less heat, less humidity. We favour conservation rather than restoration and concentrate on providing suitable environment and storage.

The most important issue here is the use of NEUTRAL pH materials. The pigments and particularly the dyes used in Japanese prints are very sensitive to pH and the use of alkali (buffered) matt board will increase fading even in a closed environment.

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