Katagami Florals Collection
Our Katagami Florals series represents fine examples of "katagami" stencil artwork. Katagami dates back over 1,000 years to ancient Japan, but the works reproduced here come from the late 19th or early 20th century. Kuro is inspired by an original stencil while Sakura showcases a painting created by using a stencil. Both are a part of the Design Library’s vast collection.
The method of creating these special stencils is called "katazome". It begins with grinding the soft inner lining of mulberry bark into a smooth paste, then adding persimmon juice, which acts as an adhesive and also waterproofs the finished stencil paper. The paste is then rolled into thin sheets and dried in preparation for carving and dyeing. A design would be placed on top of one of these sheets and its pattern cut out by hand. Somewhat poignantly, this required destroying the original artwork.
Our Sakura cover showcases a reproduction of an original piece of "katagami" art. This particular piece is an example of a katagami painting, which would have been cut out and turned into a stencil. The word Sakura means "cherry blossoms" in Japanese, a motif that is found in this traditional design.
- Hardcover 100% recycled binder boards
- FSC-certified 120gsm Laid Paper
- Smyth Sewn
- Ribbon marker
- Elastic band closure
- 144 pages
Dimensions: 13 x 18 x 2 cm (Midi)