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"Three Diamonds" Katagami Stencil
"Three Diamonds" Katagami Stencil

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Silk Thread Grid
Our Price: $75.00
Material: Paper
Length: Outside Edge: 17" (Design: 12")
Width: Outside Edge: 14" (Design: 7.5")
Condition: Very Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 0118STENCIL6


"Three Diamonds" Katagami Stencil

Vintage Japanese katagami stencil.

Fascinating design that combines two layers of patterning - hard to do on a 2-dimensional stencil. Long thin lines cut across the stencil and "behind" them are clusters of three diamond shapes with uneven edges, which might create a faux shibori look when the fabric is dyed.

Look closely to see a delicate screen of silk threads placed between the two paper layers to give stability to the design.

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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