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"Little Birds" Katagami Stencil
"Little Birds" Katagami Stencil

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Fantastic Hand Cut
Our Price: $60.00
Sale Price: $50.00
Material: Paper
Length: Outside Edge: 16.5" (Design: 14")
Width: Outside Edge: 12.5" (Design: 8.5")
Condition: Very Good Vintage

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Product Code: 0717STENCIL24


"Little Birds" Katagami Stencil

Vintage Japanese katagami stencil.

A star design is created in the inside circle of six hexagons, lined up in such a way the imagery seems to move a bit as you move your eye across the stencil.

Each hexagon is filled with narrow vertical lines - some spaced closely, some spaced apart - and in each is a single bird in flight. The craftsmanship on the cutting of this stencil is really quite amazing.

There are think silk threads sewn in to hold the elements in place.

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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