Katagami Stencil
Katagami Stencil
Katagami Stencil

Katagami Stencil
c 1900

Fans, Fans and more fans. 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 on 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.    

These beautiful decorative designs could be used today for fabric or paper printing. They are amazing. I wonder how long it took to cut one. They would look good framed.


Fans, fans and more fans.

16 1/2 x 12 in; 41 x 30 cm


Very good. Of course it has been used. The second photo of the whole piece shows the back.

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

Price: £150 | $190 | €170

Ref N°: 5747/12

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