[Japan]. [Meiji Era]. Stock ID #161449
20 sheets. The smallest measures 22 x 40 and the largest measuring 35 x 45cm. Occasional makers stamps, notes, a few sheets show ink which has not been fully removed after use. Protective tissue backing on the more delicate sheets. One very small, thin (4cm x 2mm) sticker remnant on one sheet. A fine set of Meiji era Katagami. This collection of 20 Ise-Katagami kimono stencils features a mix of designs including: geometric shapes, abstract repeating patterns, bamboo, plum branches, sakura, maple leaves, trapezoids, fans, circles etc.
Ise-Katagami is the craft of making the paper stencils which were used in kimono dyeing. First developed in Suzuka in the Ise area of Mie prefecture during the Muromachi period (1337-1573) it is today one of the "Important Intangible Cultural Properties of Japan".
The paper used to make the stencils is made up of multiple layers of thin washi paper which are then bonded with persimmon juice and then carbonized with smoke; producing a durable and moisture resistant surface. When held to the light, it is possible to see that some of the sheets in this collection were originally used for accounting harking back to an earlier time when paper was expensive and it was common for katagami craft makers to use recycled pages such as these.
The wide variety of patterns are without exception pleasing to the eye. Interestingly more intricate patterns would have been reserved for those of high status (samurai, daimyo, etc). However during the relative peace of the Tokugawa period the Samurai class gradually became poorer and poorer, and eventually the designs once reserved for the Samurai were adopted by the increasingly wealthy and affluent merchant class. Although these katagami could well be used today for their original purpose, recently it has become more common in Japan for people to use the sheets as decorations around the house; on rice-screens, lanterns, framed, etc. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 161449).
Price: $3,000.00 AU