A Small Katagami: Chevron
ca. early Twentieth century
8 1/2" x 5 1/4", 21.5 cm x 13 cm
This katagami, or stencil used for the katazome resist dye process, shows a beautfiully cut chevron shape, the interior of which seems to show a genji-ko, or a kind of standard marking used in an incense naming game.
Katagami are hand cut by master artisans, most of which are centered in Ise, a peninsula near Nagoya, Japan. These stencils are cut in stacks of about five to seven pieces and some katagami artisans have been elevated to the status of National Living Treasure.