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1925

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1976

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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 donated by Helen Snyder. 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.)

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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

We have 1 video that features Katagami, Water Pattern, late 19th–early 20th century.

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 exhibitions Making Design and Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection.

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