Craft Traditions

Japanese Scrolls

Their History, Art & Craft

William de DeLange, with Teruo Takayanagi

This is the first work to explore fully the history, art, and craft of the Japanese hanging scroll, or kakejiku, from its ancient Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese origins, through its introduction to Japan as early as the sixth century AD, to its role in the modern Japanese art world. It is proof of the scroll’s timeless qualities that it remains a fixture in traditional Japanese rooms, and continues to inform the design of modern interiors. This comprehensive work will be of interest to all connoisseurs and collectors of East Asian scroll art as well as craftspeople engaged in the mounting and presentation of text and images.

248 pp, 8.5 x 11 / Hardcover
224 Color photos, maps, drawings
Glossary, bibliography, index
Japanese crafts / East Asian art
ISBN: 978-1-891640-88-9

Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding

Douglas Brooks

With Japan’s unprecedented modernization in the last century, the demand for traditional boats (wasen) faded, leaving the last generation of boatbuilders with no one to teach. This is the story of the author’s apprenticeships with five Japanese masters to build their unique and endangered traditional watercraft.

296 pp, 8.5 x 11, Hard
378 color photos, 36 drawings
Map, Notes, Bibliography, Glossary-Index
Boatbuilding / Woodworking / Japanese Crafts
ISBN: 978-1-891640-63-6

Japanese Papermaking

Traditions, Tools, Techniques

by Timothy Barrett

This most comprehensive book on the subject sheds light on every facet of a time-honored craft and offers complete instructions on how to duplicate its exquisite results in the West.

328 pp, 7 x 10, Soft
91 monochrome photos / 75 line drawings
Appendixes, glossary, bibliography
Japanese crafts / Papermaking
ISBN: 978-1-891640-26-1

Heaven Has a Face; So Does Hell

The Art of the Noh Mask

by Stephen E. Marvin

An extended treatise on the history of Noh and the evolution of its masks, showcasing in full color over 140 of the finest examples with detailed information on their creation, character, and significance, as well as photos of their backs showing inscriptions and artists’ signatures.

416 & 352 pp, 8.5 x 11, Hard, two volumes, boxed, limited to 1200 copies
150 full color, 220 monochrome illustrations, bibliography, glossary, index
Japanese art & collectibles / Theater arts
ISBN: 978-1-891640-32-2

Tibetan Furniture

by Chris Buckley

Readers will learn to: identify the main types of Tibetan furniture; appreciate their origin and their uses; identify and understand the most common designs; judge the quality of pieces; and derive increased pleasure from Tibetan furniture they have bought.

240 pp, 8.5 x 11, Hard
Over 200 color illustrations, Bibliography, Index
Tibetan art / Collectibles
ISBN: 978-1-891640-20-9


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