In designing the works, Dee said to me she wanted to avoid the earth tones common with the Japanese scrolls. This white cloth is definitely more Chinese in feel, but not in the arabesque pattern of the cloth. I chose to do this in the 3 step style, or Sandan Hyougu 三段表具. The white cloth is unassuming and tends to push the artwork forward to the eye of the viewer. The blue is a cool color used to evoke serenity and joy to fit with the message of the calligraphy. The scrolls is completed with the Shibucha Jikusaki, which is a little bit deeper brown than the rosewood stain and the Takuboku Hanging string which is white with Green accents.
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