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Katagami stencil

about 1870

Japanese katagami stencil depicting two sparrows with a reticulated pattern across the bodies. The outline of the birds imitates a tie dye technique. This manner of depicting sparrows as 'puffed sparrows' is characteristic Winter imagery with the feathers fluffed up for warmth. This is one of around 400 Japanese 'katagami' stencils which are part of the Silver Studio Collection. The stencils were produced in Japan as a way of applying patterns to fabric, mainly kimonos. The katagami collected by the Silver Studio all date from the 1860s and 70s, and were used by the Studio's designers as reference material via which to produce their own Japanese-inspired patterns.

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Layers of Japanese paper (glued with wheat starch paste), stained and waterproofed with persimmon juice.

height: 250mm
width: 405mm (unmounted)

Katagami stencil