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"Quiet Tea House" Katagami Stencil
vintage katagami stencil

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Tranquil Scene
Our Price: $99.00
Material: Paper
Length (inches): outside=17.5" , design=15.5"
Width (inches): outside=10.5" , design=8.75"
Condition: Very Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 0618STENCIL8

"Quiet Tea House" Katagami Stencil
A hand-carved scene of a secluded tea house with an open porch, perched on a rocky hillside and overlooking a bridge that crossed the stream. Behind is (we think) a small waterfall, and the boughs that float on the thin, rising pine tree also seem like cottony clouds. A tranquil, riverside scene. Silk threads were sewn into the stencil to keep the elements in place. The bottom right corner and left side are slightly ragged.

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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