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"Dotted Irises" Katagami Stencil
"Dotted Irises" Katagami Stencil

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Skillful Craft Work
Our Price: $75.00
Material: Paper
Length: Outside Edge: 19.5" (Design: 11")
Width: Outside Edge: 16" (Design: 6.5")
Condition: Very Good Vintage

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Product Code: 0118STENCIL4


"Dotted Irises" Katagami Stencil

Vintage Japanese katagami stencil.

A design of dozens of irises, each made with small circles created with a punch tool and a lot of skill.

There is a dark area on one side where the dyes were applied many decades ago.

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 works of art.

See video below for how these stencils are made.

Katagami Stencils

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