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"Cranes in the Pine" Katagami Stencil



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

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"Cranes in the Pine" Katagami Stencil

Vintage Japanese katagami stencil.

Two cranes fly through pine boughs - the combination of these two elements is traditional and considered auspicious. Cranes mate for life and pine symbolizes long life and endurance. Look closely to see the thin silk threads that were sewn between the edges of the crane images to stabilize the open areas.

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.

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