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Katagami stencil

about 1870

A Japanese katagami stencil depicting chrysanthemums and Taoist precious objects against a background of seigaiha (waves from the Blue Ocean) which are symbolic of calm days. The auspicious objects include vases or wine jars, a wine cup, hagoromo (the cloak of feathers which allows flight) and ?censers (egoro). The mallet granted the bearer's wish when it was struck. 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: 248mm
width: 410mm (unmounted)

Katagami stencil