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"Full Sized" Katagami Stencils - Set of Three
vintage katagami stencil

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Vintage but Usable
Our Price: $75.00
Sale Price: $60.00
Material: Paper
Length (inches): 47" - 50"
Width (inches): 17" - 19"
Condition: Very Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:10
Shipping: Orders received before 11am EST ship same day via USPS. Otherwise, next business day.
Product Code: 0220STENCIL99

This listing is for a set of three usable or frame-able vintage Japanese katagami stencils. These are vintage - approximately 1950s but could be older - but still usable if treated gently.

Each stencil pattern will be different, but you can give us a preference for small repeat (elements sized .5 to 1 inch) or tiny repeat, where the elements are the size of a grain of rice. See photos below for scale.

These stencils are larger than what we normally find: 47"-50" long. They were likely used to make tenugui, not kimono - see info and video below. Note that the solid border areas will vary in width but range from 2-3 inches along the top and bottom and up to 6 inches on either side.

Registration marks, pinholes used to stabilize the stencil, and ragged edges are to be expected from these well-used beauties.

These vintage – possibly antique – katagami stencils were likely used to create tenugui - Japanese cotton hand towels. Tenugui have been made for decades as sight-seeing souvenirs or as promotional or thank-you gifts given by companies, municipalities, banks and the like to employees and patrons. Tenugui stencils are much like the ones used to make kimono, but these are longer and each is used to make a full length tenugui. The dye process is also different from kimono fabric dyeing – see the video below for a fascinating look into this traditional craft.

Katagami are 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 washi paper covered with persimmon tannin 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 the tannin.)

Nowadays, more durable plastic versions are used, but these older paper stencils are often still usable in addition to being a work of art. See last the photo for some amateur results using stencil paint. (The design in the print example is for demonstration only and is not included in this kit.)

Enjoy the videos below that show how these stencils are designed and cut as well as how they are used to make tenugui.
Katazome Stenciling

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