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"Antique Screen" Katagami Stencil
"Antique Screen" Katagami Stencil

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Butterflies on the Screen
Our Price: $60.00
Material: Paper
Length: Outside Edge: 16" (Design: 14")
Width: Outside Edge: 9.5" (Design: 5")
Condition: Very Good Vintage

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Product Code: 0717STENCILN9


"Antique Screen" Katagami Stencil

Vintage Japanese katagami stencil.

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

Look closely to imagine how many cutting and punch hole tools were used to create this design. Each thin, vertical line of the screen background was cut by hand with a small blade. Some petal shapes may have used a punch tool. Don't miss the butterflies!

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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