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"Sewn Kaneko" Katagami Stencil



 
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Our Price: $59.99
Material: Paper
Length: 16.5"
Width: 12.5"
Condition: Good

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Product Code: 1115STENCIL16
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"Sewn Kaneko" Katagami Stencil

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.

This stencil is a great find, not only for the large pattern repeat but especially for the tiny threads that hold those little circles in the center of each square. Amazingly, each center dot is sewn in place with four threads that meet in a tiny pinhole in the center of each dot.

Good condition, still usable as a stencil, some missing centers and repairs, see photos.

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