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Paper stencil (katagami)

Paper stencil (katagami)

early 20th century

Katagami were used to print patterns on both fabric and paper. While these are functional objects, it is easy to see how they are also decorative art objects on their own. Katagami were often made from natural fibers, such as mulberry bark. The example here includes images drawn from nature, such as flowers.

Mulberry bark paper treated with persimmon juice
Image: 8 1/4 x 16 5/8in. (20.9 x 42.3cm)
Overall: 20 1/4 x 11 11/16in. (51.4 x 29.7cm)
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Exceptionally Ordinary: Mingei 1920–2020, Dec. 14, 2019 - Sept. 6, 2021 [on view Mar. 24 - Sept. 6, 2021].

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