A Bound Set of Three Small Katagami: Dyeing Stencils
ca. early to mid twentieth century
6 1/8" x 8 1/2", 15.5 cm x 21.5 cm
Katagami, or the stencils used in the process of making katazome cloth, are made of kaki shibu-infused paper which is referred to as shibugami. Shibugami has a characteristically dark brown color, the kaki shibu, or green persimmon tannin, giving the paper some added strength and some slight resistance to water.
As can be seen from this wonderful, simple group of three stencils, katagami were carved in stacks. This set of three identical katagami which were carved in a stack is a wonderful teaching tool for those who are so inclined, or, from the standpoint of collecting textile-related objects, this small group is a very good addition to any collection.