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1920

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1976

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Katagami, Arrow Design Imitating Warp Ikat (kasuri)

This is a Katagami. We acquired it in 1976. Its medium is cut mulberry paper treated with persimmon tannin and silk thread. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Katagami, which translates as “pattern paper,” is a stencil used to print repeating patterns on fabric. Since Japanese garments were traditionally made without a shoulder seam, the two arrows pointing in opposite directions would have produced a fluid repeat on the front and back of the garment.

This object was donated by Helen Snyder.

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Katagami, Arrow Design Imitating Warp Ikat (kasuri); Japan; cut mulberry paper treated with persimmon tannin and silk thread; 1976-103-289

We have 1 video that features Katagami, Arrow Design Imitating Warp Ikat (kasuri).

Katagami & Katazome Demonstration

Master craftsmen from Japan demonstrate traditional techniques for hand-cutting paper stencils (katagami) and resist-dying silk (katazome). This video condenses a multi-hour process into under two...

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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