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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 23, 2013
  • Channel: Auction House
ANTIQUE 19th CENTURY JAPANESE KATAGAMI KIMONO STENCIL ART Edo or Meiji Period .. This is Ise Katagami , stencil around 1800 - 1899. This special katagami was only made in Ise, Mie prefecture to make kimono patterns.Katagami (型紙) or Ise-katagami is the Japanese art of making paper stencils for kimono printing. The art is traditionally centred around the city of Ise in Mie Prefecture. Multiple layers of thin washi paper are bonded with a glue extracted from persimmon, which makes a strong flexible brown coloured paper. The paper is cut with a combination of knives and punches. Four principal cutting techniques are used. 1.Pulling the knife towards the artist, which results in long straight cuts. 2.Carving patterns, which allows for figurative designs. 3.Cutting circular holes, often in fan-like designs 4.Using shaped punches. The designs can be extremely intricate, and consequently fragile. Nowadays the stencils are sometimes sold as artworks, attached to hand fans, or used to decorate screens and doors in Japanese rooms. For kimono printing the stencils are stabilized by attaching them to a fine silk net. In past times, human hair was used instead of silk, but silk is less likely to warp and can be finer. The printing is done with a resist dyeing technique. Rice paste is passed through the stencil onto silk. When dyed, the colour ... read more