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"Hidden Butterfly" Katagami Stencil
"Hidden Butterfly" Katagami Stencil

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Lovingly used
Our Price: $60.00
Material: Paper
Length (inches): Outside Edge: 16.5" (Design: 13.5")
Width (inches): Outside Edge: 12.5" (Design: 8.5")
Condition: Very Good Vintage

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Product Code: 0717STENCIL17


"Hidden Butterfly" Katagami Stencil

Vintage Japanese katagami stencil.

Butterflies hide among the peonies...look closely to see their eyes.

One side is well used; the other is pristine.

Designer's name on the side was created with small holes.

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.

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