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"Six Birdies" Katagami Stencil



 
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Our Price: $60.00
Material: Paper
Length: 16"
Width: 12"
Condition: Very Good Vintage

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"Six Birdies" Katagami Stencil

Vintage Japanese katagami stencil.

This stencil features six little birdies - are they swallows or finches or sparrows? - floating along against a sea of tiny cloud shapes. Look closely to see the thin threads that were sewn across the blank areas to stabilize the sharp edges.

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 on how these stencils are cut.

Katagami Stencil Demo

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