The traditional craft involved in creating a hanging scroll is considered an art in itself
A hanging scroll (立軸 / 掛軸) is one of the many traditional ways to display and exhibit East Asian painting and calligraphy (書法).
The hanging scroll (中式裝裱) was displayed in a room for appreciation; it is to be distinguished from the handscroll, which was narrower and designed to be viewed flat on a table in sections and then stored away again.
In the hanging scroll the actual painting is mounted on paper, and provided at the top with a stave, to which is attached a hanging cord, and at the bottom with a roller (卷軸).
The hanging scrolls are rotated according to season or occasion, and such works are never intended to be on permanent display.
Crafted by hand
The painting surface of the paper or silk can be mounted with decorative brocade silk borders. In the composition of a hanging scroll, the foreground is usually at the bottom of the scroll while the middle and far distances are at the middle and top respectively.
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Traditional scroll mounters go through a lengthy process of backing the mounting silks with paper using paste before creating the borders for the scroll. Afterwards, the whole scroll is backed before the roller and fittings are attached.
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The whole process can take weeks to few months depending on how long the scroll is left on the wall to dry and stretch before finishing by polishing the back with Chinese wax and fitting the rod and roller at either end.