Isamu Sakamoto

  • Senior Paper Conservator, Tokyo Restoration/Conservation Center (TRCC)
  • Japan
    • Traditional Culture/Cultural Heritage
    • Intellectual Exchange
  • The Asia Center Fellowship Program
  • Grant Year: Fiscal Year 2016
June 16, 2016 - June 15, 2017
Country of Activity
Indonesia, Vietnam

Researching the development and spread of ancient paper (beaten bark paper) in Southeast Asia along the Maritime Silk Road, and building a collaborative platform for reviving beaten bark paper production culture amongst artisans and young artists

Mr. Sakamoto utilizes transmitted light and other instruments to examine every part of every page of approximately 300 notable beaten bark paper historical manuscripts, wayang bébér painted scrolls, ketika divination calendars and other documents held in Indonesia in order to identify characteristics and techniques distinctive to them. He then endeavors to publicize, share and communicate his results and observations. He also lends his support to the creation of a platform for the preservation of beaten bark paper culture amongst stakeholders, including traditional manufacturers whose livelihood is facing an urgent and existential crisis. Above all, in recognition of the fact that beaten bark paper wayang bébér is found in only three locations worldwide, making it extremely rare and precious and in need of protection, Mr. Sakamoto provides ongoing support for and raises awareness about a range of intensive efforts being undertaken to "Save Wayang Beber" so that it can be passed on to future generations.

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