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Katagami ( stencil ): Pine needles

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Dates: 1800s,created
Dimensions: 16.0 in,9.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Related links: Edo-Tokyo Museum - pine and ivy pattern - out of more than 2,100 they own; Edo-Tokyo Museum - pine tree pattern; Edo-Tokyo Museum - hexagon, cloud, pine motif; Edo-Tokyo Museum - another pine and ivy pattern; Edo-Tokyo Museum - pine needles with horizontal stripes; Edo-Tokyo Museum - mist and pine needles; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - 8 examples, no pines; Edo-Tokyo Museum - pine branches; Library of Congress - a selection of 8, no pines;

Physical description:

Japanese paper stencils are used in the process of dyeing textiles. The patterns are varied: geometric shapes, animals, flowers, landscapes and everyday objects. The patterns are an art form in themselves. Some are constructed for repeat dyeing; others are single designs. They are cut into sheets of handmade mulberry paper laminated together and waterproofed with persimmon tannin.

Designs are cut into the paper with thin knives and fine punches, and often reinforced with stands of silk. Each plate has two small pinholes that serve as "register marks." A pin or point is passed through each of these two holes and into the corresponding marks left by the previous impression. In this way, design continuity is insured. Designs can be printed either vertically or horizontally.

There is one other katagami in the Lyon Collection, #1254.

Related entities

Katagami (型紙) (genre)