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Research on traditional techniques and materials


 The Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Center for Conservation Science have been continuing basic research and study on textile techniques and materials from fiscal year 2014. The project promotes collection of information documented in archival sources which provide basic data for techniques and materials used for textile properties and organization of information regarding natural scientific research on textile properties.

古典膠製造技術の調査 赤牛の皮を川に浸ける
Survey on techniques of making nikawa. soaking red bull hide in a river

同 脱毛後、皮を切る
Cutting the skin after removing its hair

同 葛布を織る様子
Weaving kudzu-fu

Scientific research on fibers used in cultural property


 The Center for Conservation Science has been conducting research on identification of fiber used in paintings and textiles, closely cooperating with the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems. By using the method of measuring 3-dimensional shape of silk fiber, it is considered possible to clarify the manufacturing techniques and categorizing. The research also aims to distinguish the kinds of bast fiber, not only ramie and hemp but also Japanese banana, wisteria and others.

Observation of fiber used in a historical document

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