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"Ume Tatewaku" Katagami Stencil
vintage katagami stencil

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Flowing Stream
Our Price: $45.00
Sale Price: $30.00
Material: Paper
Length: outside=10.5" , design=5.5"
Width: outside=16.5" , design=14.75"
Condition: Very Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
Shipping: Orders received before 11am EST ship same day via USPS. Otherwise, next business day.
Product Code: 0618STENCIL5

"Ume Tatewaku" Katagami Stencil

Wavy tatewaku lines suggest a flowing stream, and floating all along are ume (plum blossoms) and paulownia, sometimes along and somestimes paired. Every wave was created with a tiny punch tool and the florals were cut by hand with a tiny knife. We are unsure if the two wide bands of emptiness at the top of the stencil were indeed part of the design or not.

Both sides are quite ragged or missing in parts, see photo.

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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