Katagami stencil off-print
Silver Studio, about 1890
Offprint from a katagami stencil depicting overlapping sheaves of rice. Rice bundles were used as an emblem of the wish for abundance and wealth. This offprint covers the areas of the tie bars in black paint to show the design as it would appear on the finished textile.
This is an offprint of 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.