Katagami, Water Pattern, late 19th–early 20th century
This is a Katagami. It was designed by Unknown. It is dated late 19th–early 20th century and 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, the stencils used in the Japanese resist-dye process katazome to produce printed textiles, typically feature abstract motifs drawn from nature, traditional folklore, and literature. The curving, rhythmic lines shown here convey moving water. The simplicity of the design belies the laborious process of carving the stencil.
This object was
It is credited
Gift of Helen Snyder.
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Its dimensions are
41.3 x 28 cm (16 1/4 x 11 in.) Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.) Frame 50.2 x 39.7 cm (19 3/4 x 15 5/8 in.) 19 x 34.2 cm (7 1/2 x 13 7/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Katagami, Water Pattern, late 19th–early 20th century; Designed by Unknown ; Japan; cut mulberry paper treated with persimmon tannin and silk thread; 41.3 x 28 cm (16 1/4 x 11 in.) Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.) Frame 50.2 x 39.7 cm (19 3/4 x 15 5/8 in.) 19 x 34.2 cm (7 1/2 x 13 7/16 in.); Gift of Helen Snyder; 1976-103-111
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 exhibitions Making Design and Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection.