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"Fawn Spots" Katagami Stencil
vintage katagami stencil

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Faux Shibori
Our Price: $75.00
Material: Paper
Length: outside=17" , design=14.5"
Width: outside=12.25, design=7.75"
Condition: Very Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 0618STENCIL20

"Fawn Spots" Katagami Stencil

This design might have meant to imitate shibori kanoko dots. Kanoko shibori resembles fawn spots, so perhaps the small dashed lines are meant to be the deer's fur? Notice there are silk threads visible in the white areas. To do this, the paper is split before being carved, and a layer of silk threads is sandwiched in between before the two sheets are rejoined using persimmon tannin.

Some damage on the right and left side of the design nad all four corners are slightly tattered. This stencil was well used.

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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