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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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vintage katagami stencil "Sumie Magic" Katagami Stencil

Lacquer Sheen

Our Price: $125.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit #4" "Katagami Stencil Kit #4"

Five different designs

Our Price: $20.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit A" "Katagami Stencil Kit A"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit B" "Katagami Stencil Kit B"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit C" "Katagami Stencil Kit C"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit D" "Katagami Stencil Kit D"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit E" "Katagami Stencil Kit E"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit F" "Katagami Stencil Kit F"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit G" "Katagami Stencil Kit G"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit H" "Katagami Stencil Kit H"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit I" "Katagami Stencil Kit I"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit J" "Katagami Stencil Kit J"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit K" "Katagami Stencil Kit K"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit L" "Katagami Stencil Kit L"

Three different designs

Our Price: $35.00
vintage katagami stencil "Ume Tatewaku" Katagami Stencil

Flowing Stream

Our Price: $45.00
"Floating Ivy" Katagami Stencil "Floating Ivy" Katagami Stencil

Hand cut

Our Price: $50.00
"Wedding Bands" Katagami Stencil "Wedding Bands" Katagami Stencil

Delicate design

Our Price: $60.00
"Antique Chain" Katagami Stencil "Antique Chain" Katagami Stencil

Butterflies!

Our Price: $60.00
"Hidden Butterfly" Katagami Stencil "Hidden Butterfly" Katagami Stencil

Lovingly used

Our Price: $60.00
vintage katagami stencil "Big Links" Katagami Stencil

Thousands of holes

Our Price: $60.00
vintage katagami stencil "Creative Mind" Katagami Stencil

Ise Katagami

Our Price: $60.00
vintage katagami stencil "Curved Ivy" Katagami Stencil

Vines and Ume

Our Price: $60.00
"Broken Bamboo" Katagami Stencil "Broken Bamboo" Katagami Stencil

Early 20th Century

Our Price: $75.00
"Happy New Year" Katagami Stencil "Happy New Year" Katagami Stencil

Sewn stabilizing threads

Our Price: $75.00
"Antique Dragon" Katagami Stencil "Antique Dragon" Katagami Stencil

Careful alignment required

Our Price: $75.00
"Three Diamonds" Katagami Stencil "Three Diamonds" Katagami Stencil

Silk Thread Grid

Our Price: $75.00
vintage katagami stencil "Carved and Punched" Katagami Stencil

Ise Katagami

Our Price: $75.00
vintage katagami stencil "Thin Man" Katagami Stencil

Ise Katagami

Our Price: $75.00
vintage katagami stencil "Prawn Plus" Katagami Stencil

Auspicious Motif

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

Bonzai Bliss

Our Price: $99.00
vintage katagami stencil "Quiet Tea House" Katagami Stencil

Tranquil Scene

Our Price: $99.00
vintage katagami stencil "Chain, Chain, Chain" Katagami Stencil

Festival Motif

Our Price: $125.00
vintage katagami stencil "Wavy Wonder" Katagami Stencil

Masterful Carving

Our Price: $125.00
vintage katagami stencil "Brickwall" Katagami Stencil

Floating Kanji

Our Price: $125.00
vintage katagami stencil "Katakana Jumble" Katagami Stencil

Lively and Festive

Our Price: $125.00
vintage katagami stencil "Onsen Hotel" Katagami Stencil

Spa Tenugui

Our Price: $125.00
vintage katagami stencil "Shaded Garden" Katagami Stencil

Curved Cuttings

Our Price: $125.00
vintage katagami stencil "Floating Gourds" Katagami Stencil

Sumie Brushstrokes

Our Price: $125.00
vintage katagami stencil "Playful Plaid" Katagami Stencil

Fanciful Kanji

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

Silk Screen

Our Price: $125.00
vintage katagami stencil "Japanese Vacation" Katagami Stencil

Cars, Trucks and Fuji

Our Price: $150.00
vintage katagami stencil "Carved Calligraphy" Katagami Stencil

Sumie Style

Our Price: $150.00