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"Sparrows in the Bamboo" Katagami Stencil
vintage katagami stencil

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Birds in the Trees
Our Price: $99.00
Material: Paper
Length: Outside Edge: 18" (Design: 15.5")
Width: Outside Edge: 10.75" (Design: 9.5")
Condition: Very Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 0618STENCIL1

"Sparrows in the Bamboo" Katagami Stencil

Frameable winter scene of sparrows flying over snow-covered bamboo.

The edges are ragged the upper and lower corners, and one of the leaf sections is damaged, see photos.

Note this stencil is vertical, rather than horizontal, as most other are. Delicate silk threads have been sewn in to stabilize the white areas.

Katagami 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 a work of art.

See video below for how these stencils are made. We also recommend this book, Carved Paper by Suzanna Campbell Kuo, as one of the best English reference books on katagami.

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