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"Wedding Bands" Katagami Stencil



 
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Delicate design
Our Price: $60.00
Material: Paper
Length: 16.5"
Width: 12"
Condition: Very Good Vintage

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"Wedding Bands" Katagami Stencil

Vintage Japanese katagami stencil.

We like to think of the design as two wedding bands, though they probably do mean something else... Look closely to see the thin silk threads that hold the center section (where the two rings overlap) in place. You'll see that the center section for one pair of rings is missing. Well, it's an old stencil, after all...

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.

See video below for how these stencils are made.

Katagami Stencil Demo

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