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"Antique Starfish" Katagami Stencil



 
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Grains of Sand
Our Price: $75.00
Sale Price: $65.00
Material: Paper
Length: Outside Edge: 16" (Design: 14")
Width: Outside Edge: 10" (Design: 5.5")
Condition: Very Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 0717STENCILN8
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"Antique Starfish" Katagami Stencil

Vintage Japanese katagami stencil.

This stencil is from the Meiji Period, according to its former owner. The darker, thicker paper, the smaller size (see measurements) as well as the design are certainly convincing.

It may not be a starfish - perhaps there are florals that look like this? - but it does look like a starfish to us, surrounded by tiny grains of sand. Quite unusual. You can see that some of the design was used, leaving some of the black dye behind.

Katagami are the stencils used to create layers of design on traditional Japanese kimono. Each one is cut by hand, either with a free-hand knife or a sharp and tiny punch tool. They are made from one or two sheets of heavy paper and then covered with persimmon juice to add strength and moisture resistance. (For delicate designs, two sheets of paper were stacked and cut together, then a thin silk screen was placed between them before fusing the papers together with persimmon juice.) Nowadays, more durable plastic versions are used, but these older paper stencils are often still usable in addition to being a work of art.

Katagami Stencil Demo

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