The art of crafting Asian scrolls is a centuries old tradition in Chinese and Japanese cultures. Oriental scrolls typically display paintings or calligraphy inscriptions and are meant to be displayed and viewed for short periods of time.
Scrolls are made of paper and fabric, most often silk. Handscrolls are smaller in scale. They are meant to be read or viewed flat on a table, and depict a continuous story or journey. Hanging scrolls are larger, and are meant to be hung on the wall for special occasions. Scrolls are secured to dowels, which play a part in rolling the scroll. Traditionally the scroll is wound around the dowel and secured, then stored until the next season or viewing occasion, though many people today choose to permanently display their scrolls.
The craft of scroll making is considered an art unto itself, and the traditional methods are still practiced to this day. In addition to the time spent creating the artwork, the crafting of a single scroll can take months to complete. Each traditional Asian scroll reflects the mastery of the artist and craftsman involved in its creation.