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1920

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1976

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Katagami, Arrow Design

This is a Katagami. It is dated late 19th–early 20th century and we acquired it in 1976. Its medium is mulberry paper (kozo washi) treated with fermented persimmon tannin (kakishibu), and silk threads (itoire). 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. It is credited Gift of Helen Snyder.

  • Sidewall (France)
  • block-printed on handmade paper.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1928-2-58
  • Domino Paper (France)
  • block-printed and stenciled on handmade paper.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1928-2-75

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Its dimensions are

46.7 x 34 cm (18 3/8 x 13 3/8 in.) Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22 in.)

Cite this object as

Katagami, Arrow Design; Japan; mulberry paper (kozo washi) treated with fermented persimmon tannin (kakishibu), and silk threads (itoire); 46.7 x 34 cm (18 3/8 x 13 3/8 in.) Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22 in.); Gift of Helen Snyder; 1976-103-289

We have 1 video that features Katagami, Arrow Design.

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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