Cursus Asian Papers and their Application in Paper Conservation

  • Datum30-08-2022 - 01-09-2022
  • Tijd09:00 - 18:00
  • Adres
    • Restauratieatelier van Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken
    • Boisotkade 2a
    • Leiden

Door wie: Minah Song

Wanneer: Dinsdag 30 aug – donderdag 1 september 2022

Locatie: Restauratieatelier van Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken – Leiden

Kosten: RN-leden 395,- euro, Niet RN-leden: 495,- euro

Max. aantal deelnemers: 10

Voertaal: Engels

Inschrijf deadline: 31 mei 2022

De werkgroep Boek Papier Foto van Restauratoren Nederland is verheugd dat ze weer een interessante cursus voor haar leden, e.a. geïnteresseerde vakgenoten, kan organiseren.

De Amerikaanse papierrestaurator Minah Song is bereidt gevonden haar succesvolle driedaagse cursus Asian Papers and their Application in Paper Conservation, nogmaals in Nederland te komen geven.

In juli 2018 was zij eerder, op uitnodiging van BPF, in Nederland. Een review van een deelnemer aan deze cursus is te vinden op de RN-website:


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De deadline voor inschrijving is 31 mei 2022. Daarna ontvang je bericht over je eventuele deelname en hoe de betaling dient te worden voldaan.

Hieronder vind je meer inhoudelijke informatie over de cursus en de docent Minah Song.


The 3-day course will start with a theoretical session. Participants will study history and characteristics of Chinese, Korean and Japanese papermaking, including an overview of contemporary East Asian paper production. Several factors that can change the quality of paper during the papermaking process will be indicated and discussed. Participants will be shown microscopic images of the different fibers in Eastern papers.

A set of different Asian paper samples will be provided to each participant, so they can study the papers first hand and examine the fibers, sheet formation, alkali content and the results of different manufacturing processes and drying methods. Participants will also be able to analyze paper mulberry fibers from different countries and observe the changes after cooking with different alkalies.

After a theory session, participants will make small-sized paper using simple tools, with paper mulberry and with cotton fiber as a comparison. These small-sized paper sheets, without sizing, are often useful as repair paper itself. This practice will help participants understand basic papermaking techniques and assist in the creation of their own repair paper of appropriate weight and color.

Participants will make drying board (a.k.a. karibari) using a honeycomb board and mulberry paper, coated with acrylic dispersion. Drying boards are helpful to control the drying rate  without pressure while keeping the object under tension. This board can also be used as a support for oversized objects.

Participants will study friction drying – flattening Western paper objects with mulberry paper support; a process particularly complicated when applied to uneven thickness, short-fibred or moisture-sensitive paper (e.g. tracing paper).

Participants will also work on various methods of mending and lining, using different Asian papers and adhesives, as appropriate for specific objects, for example: iron-gall ink documents, handmade Western paper, transparent paper, smooth-surface machine-made paper. Participants will try double-sided lining with lightweight mulberry tissue for fragile paper support; they will also line objects and  use the drying boards made on the first day. Participants will test different repair methods using paper mulberry, mitsumata fibers, and Chinese paper with different adhesives, including making  re-moistenable tissue. Some useful tips in toning mulberry paper will be discussed including various applications of acrylic paints (air brush, brush, & dipping) and drying methods (hanging vs air-drying flat).

Biography Minah Song

Minah Song is an independent paper conservator in Washington, DC, USA. She received an MA in Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts, UK, and an MA in East Asian Art History from the Academy of Korean Studies. She has worked as a contract conservator in numerous museums and libraries in Washington, DC and for private clients. Her research and publications includes history of Asian papers, papermaking in East Asia, and East Asian bookbinding. Since 2013 she has taught a course “Asian papers in paper conservation” in Europe and the US.

Foto’s zijn van diverse locaties waar Minah Song deze cursus heeft gegeven.