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"Ikat Wannabe" Katagami Stencil



 
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Taiko Drum Design
Our Price: $60.00
Material: Paper
Length: 16"
Width: 12.5"
Condition: Very Good Vintage

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"Ikat Wannabe" Katagami Stencil

Vintage Japanese katagami stencil.

This stencil was cut with "fuzzy" edges to the design to simulate the ikat weaving technique. So beautifully done! Look closely to see the stabilizing grid of find threads that form a sort of silk screen between the wider gaps in the design. The pattern of two overlapping circles may depict the decorated end of a taiko drum.

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.

Watch the video below to see how stencils are made.

Katagami Stencil Demo

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