Details: This is a one of a kind original Japanese mid or late Meiji period 1890 stencil pattern “Katagami" for dying textiles “Katazome”. Thiskatagami has a geometric pattern of flowers, lines, and various shapes. These stencils are made of two or more layers of handmade mulberry paper (Kozo) laminated together and waterproofed with persimmon tannin. Smoke curing gives the paper additional stiffness and turns it into a rich brown. Some of them are reinforced with a network of silk threads sandwiched between the layers of paper. Katagami have silk on one side of the paper for support. The stencils embody Japanese design features such as a preference for asymmetry, a flattened pictorial space, the stylization of natural forms, the positive and negative treatment of the same element, the combination of abstract and naturalistic elements, the illusion of depth created by overlapping planes, and the use of pattern or texture to fill silhouettes.
Material: Mulberry Paper
Condition: Good condition considering it's age. Please see the photos. Wear and tear due to the age.
Silk or No silk: Silk outside of the paper
Dimensions: Approx. 90cm.x 46cm.
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