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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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"Katagami Stencil Kit #3" "Katagami Stencil Kit #3"

Five different designs

Our Price: $20.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit #4" "Katagami Stencil Kit #4"

Five different designs

Our Price: $20.00
"Katagami Stencil Kit #5" "Katagami Stencil Kit #5"

Five different designs

Our Price: $20.00
vintage katagami stencil "Lattice Fence" Katagami Stencil

Hundreds of holes

Our Price: $45.00
vintage katagami stencil "Ume Tatewaku" Katagami Stencil

Flowing Stream

Our Price: $45.00
"Circles Make Angles" Katagami Stencil "Circles Make Angles" Katagami Stencil

A thousand punches

Our Price: $49.99
"Floating Ivy" Katagami Stencil "Floating Ivy" Katagami Stencil

Hand cut

Our Price: $50.00
"Antique Chain" Katagami Stencil "Antique Chain" Katagami Stencil

Butterflies!

Our Price: $60.00
Sale Price: $50.00
"Hidden Butterfly" Katagami Stencil "Hidden Butterfly" Katagami Stencil

Lovingly used

Our Price: $60.00
Sale Price: $50.00
"Paulownia" Katagami Stencil "Paulownia" Katagami Stencil

Family Crest

Our Price: $60.00
Sale Price: $50.00
vintage katagami stencil "Faux Ikat" Katagami Stencil

Little Crosses

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

Delicate design

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

Butterflies on the Screen

Our Price: $60.00
"Pine Cones" Katagami Stencil "Pine Cones" Katagami Stencil

Masterful Work

Our Price: $60.00
vintage katagami stencil "Chain Link Fence" Katagami Stencil

Pine Lozenge

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

Thousands of holes

Our Price: $60.00
vintage katagami stencil "Offset" Katagami Stencil

Offset

Our Price: $60.00
vintage katagami stencil "Delicate Petals" Katagami Stencil

Ise Katagami

Our Price: $60.00
vintage katagami stencil "Precisely Cut" Katagami Stencil

Ise Katagami

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
vintage katagami stencil "Counterweights" Katagami Stencil

Detailed design

Our Price: $60.00
"Basketweave" Katagami Stencil "Basketweave" Katagami Stencil

Amazing Geometric

Our Price: $65.00
"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
"Antique Floral" Katagami Stencil "Antique Floral" Katagami Stencil

Meiji Period?

Our Price: $75.00
"Sakura and Pine" Katagami Stencil "Sakura and Pine" Katagami Stencil

Persimmon Tannin Paper

Our Price: $75.00
"Dotted Irises" Katagami Stencil "Dotted Irises" Katagami Stencil

Skillful Craft Work

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 "Nested Diamonds" Katagami Stencil

Thousands of dots

Our Price: $75.00
vintage katagami stencil "Fawn Spots" Katagami Stencil

Faux Shibori

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

Ise Katagami

Our Price: $75.00
vintage katagami stencil "Sparrows in the Bamboo" Katagami Stencil

Birds in the Trees

Our Price: $99.00
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