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"Antique Dragon" Katagami Stencil
"Antique Dragon" Katagami Stencil

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Our Price: $75.00
Material: Paper
Length (inches): Outside Edge: 16.5" (Design: 14")
Width (inches): Outside Edge: 10" (Design: 7")
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: 0717STENCILN2


"Antique Dragon" Katagami Stencil

Vintage Japanese katagami stencil.

This stencil is from the Meiji Period, according to its former owner. The thicker paper, the smaller size (see measurements) as well as the design are certainly compelling.

The checkerboard background was popular in the Meiji Period (and still is today), but you have to look closely to see the dragon. A full image appears in one medallion but the second dragon is split, with half on each edge of the cut stencil. The dyer had to very carefully align the stencil repeat in order to create the full dragon.

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.

Katagami Stencil Demo

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