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Paper stencil (katagami)

Photo: Beth Mann

Paper stencil (katagami)

19th 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.
Mulberry paper treated with persimmon juice and silk thread
Image: 7 11/16 x 14 9/16in. (19.5 x 37cm)
Overall: 11 5/8 x 17 3/8in. (29.5 x 44.2cm)
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Photo: Beth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, A Green Party, Mar. 9 - Aug.16, 1998.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Exceptionally Ordinary: Mingei 1920–2020, Dec. 14, 2019 - Sept. 6, 2021 [on view Dec. 14, 2019 - Mar. 21, 2021].
Published ReferencesKuo, Susanna. Katagami: Japanese Textile Stencils in the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, Washington: Seattle Art Museum, 1985; cat. no. 14, p. 21.

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