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"Thin Man" Katagami Stencil
vintage katagami stencil

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Ise Katagami
Our Price: $75.00
Material: Paper
Length: outside=12" , design=7.5"
Width: outside=15.75" , design=13.25"
Condition: Very Good Vintage

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Product Code: 0618STENCIL9

"Thin Man" Katagami Stencil

An Ise-katagami style of stencil carving, this design was created with the shimabori cutting technique, where the paper is first split in two before the stencil is carved with a sharp, flexible knife. Then a layer of silk thread is sandwiched inbetween the two sheets of paper before they are re-combined with persimmon tannin. This stabilizes the stencil during the dyeing phase. It's a fascinating and pains-taking process.

The stencil cutter who created this had a very skilled hand. The lines were cut in varying widths to create a banded or gradient design was the result. Signature kanji on left side. No blemishes.

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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