Japanese Stencil
Japanese Stencil
Japanese Stencil

Japanese Stencil
c 1900

This stencil is very dark brown.

Ise-katagami is the art of making stencils for fabric printing. The art is traditionally centered on the city of Suzuka in Mie Prefecture. Multiple layers of thin washi paper, often from the mulberry tree, are bonded with a glue extracted from persimmon, which makes a strong flexible brown coloured paper. Often used for kimono fabric which is then resist dyed using the stencil.

The use of stencils was first noted in the Nara period AD 710    Katagami stencils were being sold by Liberty's at the turn of the 20th century. They inspired artists, particularly those from the Wiener Werkstatte.

The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture held a symposium: Japonisme in Design   of similar stencils in April at the Asia House in Cavendish Street London W1.    


Interlocking larger with smaller squares, interspersed with small flowerheads.

16 x 12 in; 40 x 30 cm


Very good. No damage to the perforations. The plain edges have markings (liquid?). It has of course been used for printing.

I show both sides of the stencil. The main side has the number of the lower right, and  the underside, lower left. 

Price: £85 | $110 | €100

Ref N°: 8489/27

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