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Vintage Katagami Stencils
These stencils for creating kimono fabrics are themselves works of art. Hand-carved with tiny knives or punched with a small awl tool, each was made as one layer of an often complicated and many-layered design. Each stencil (called katagami) was made from heavy, hand-made mulberry paper and coated with persimmon tannin for strength and water-resistance. Larger designs or those with floating elements were often stitched with silk threads or a silk screen that reinforced the design. Many of these stencils are still usable, but all of them merit display and admiration.

There's a video with each listing that shows how these were made. In the last few decades, more durable plastic and resin stencils have replaced these vintage beauties, which find their way to auction when older kimono shops clean out or close up.
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"7 Surprise Katagami Stencils" Craft Set "7 Surprise Katagami Stencils" Craft Set

Small Repeats

Our Price: $33.00
"Katagami Stencil Set F" "Katagami Stencil Set F"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
vintage katagami stencil "Basketweave" Katagami Stencil

Lattice Background

Our Price: $99.00
Sale Price: $69.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "Sushi and Sake" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00
Sale Price: $75.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "Kyudo" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00
Sale Price: $75.00
vintage katagami stencil "Pensioner's Pride" Katagami Stencil

Bonzai Bliss

Our Price: $99.00
vintage katagami stencil "Playful Plaid" Katagami Stencil

Fanciful Kanji

Our Price: $125.00
Sale Price: $99.00
vintage katagami stencil "Floral Bands" Katagami Stencil

Silk Screen

Our Price: $125.00
Sale Price: $99.00
vintage katagami stencil "Komoro Hotel" Katagami Stencil

Gunma Souvenir

Our Price: $99.00
vintage katagami stencil "Chains" Katagami Stencil

Traditional Motif

Our Price: $99.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "Futaba Hotel" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "Masterpiece" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "Carved Kanji" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "Double Bird" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "Mutsu" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "Loops" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "Koshi Onsen" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "Carved Stripes" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "The Basics" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00
vintage japanese katagami stencil "Raise Up" Vintage Katagami Stencil

Tenugui Size

Our Price: $99.00