I've already started working on next Japanese crape cloth craft bag (a.k.a chirimenzaiku - kototsumeire) but I'd like to write about what is going on with the repair of my tiny ichimatsu dolls today. It might be a long diary with quite many pictures.
I am planning to sand off all the gofun on the face and body and then repair with stone clay as much as possible. So, I need to examine how they are made and composed, and need to know how bad the damage is. I also need to remember how their body parts are built together so that I can repair them to the closest state to the original. After I took off their obi and kimono, I saw naked dolls with the old Japanese paper wrapped around their bodies.
I knew one of them has obvious damage on its face but even this relatively-good-condition one (I call her Ukyo-chan) is this bad under her kimono. There is a huge hole between neck and shoulder. Is it worm-eaten or decay?
When I took off the paper around the body, I saw another paper, which connects doll's body and legs, looks like it is going to be torn off. It is very interesting to see places you can't usually see.
Both of them without kimono. Left: without body paper. Right: with body paper.
The other one (I call him Sakyo-kun) with huge damage on his face was in surprisingly good body condition (considering his face damage). However, his toe and fingers were partially missing and exposing base materials.
Without body papers. Don't you think the left one (Ukyo-chan) looks like a girl and the right one (Sakyo-kun) looks like a boy??? Regardless of the presence of hair.
Please wait for your turn to be repaired.