A hanging scroll is one of the many traditional ways to display and exhibit Chinese painting and calligraphy. The painted surface of paper is mounted with decorative silk borders. We searched for a while through tons and tons of wrapped up scrolls to find two that had identical silk borders!
We have been looking for a painting to take home. On this particular day we decided that long hanging scrolls, with our names on them (in Chinese characters) would be the ideal thing for us.
We had to translate our names into Chinese characters. This was an interesting ordeal, but the man seems determined to get it right so he repeated our names over and over again to get the pronunciation perfect. It was so sweet – reminding us that even though our language is simple to us the same is not true for the locals.
Setting out the equipment and paper.
While he started writing my name, I felt the same way that I do when I’m at the hairdresser (or any salon). How odd is that? I feel the same way when I go through a car wash, or even when someone washed my car’s windscreen. Haha, odd?
Maybe I can learn to do this too!
First, my name…
Next, Justin’s turn…
We learnt an interesting fact: Hanging scrolls are generally displayed for short periods of time and are then rolled up and tied, so that they are secure for storage. The hanging scrolls get rotated according to season or occasion.
This Chinese man was very sweet and hard working. He worked so slowly and very such precision! After rolling up our scrolls he placed them each into decorative boxes, and then tied ribbon around them so that they could be carried over our arm. How convenient!
We are very happy with our name scrolls, and we can’t wait to hang them!