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"Nested Diamonds" Katagami Stencil
vintage katagami stencil

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Thousands of dots
Our Price: $75.00
Material: Paper
Length: outside=12.5" , design=7.5"
Width: outside=13.75" , design=7.5"
Condition: Very Good Vintage

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Product Code: 0618STENCIL18

"Nested Diamonds" Katagami Stencil

This stencil design features nested diamond shapes in a grid - look closely to see that it was made by only using one tool which punched holes smaller than a grain of rice! The cutter's signature is punched in dots on the right and written in kanji on left.

Dye residue indicates this stencil was previously used.

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. We also recommend this book, Carved Paper by Suzanna Campbell Kuo, as one of the best English reference books on katagami.

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