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A Book of Full Size, Hand Stenciled Katazome Patterns

Written on November 21, 2013

KatagamiSampleBook1This is a very interesting sample book that shows about 74 katazome patterns.  The images are stenciled directly on to paper from an actual stencil, so in the cases where the page is not cut–most of the book–the images seen here are an imprint of a full stencil.

KatagamiSampleBook1aEach full page measures about 9 1/2″ x 13″ or 24 x 33 cm.  It’s wonderful to be able to leaf through this book and see each of these repeats in full size.

KatagamiSampleBook1bThe patterns seen in this book vary between stylized floral images, abstracted natural images and animal images and the many images shown in the book only scratch the surface of the endless variety found in the canon of katazome designs.

KatagamiSampleBook1c The book was probably produced in the early twentieth century.










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  1. Comment by Patricia:


    November 21, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

  2. Comment by velma:

    this book is very fine! am i correct in thinking the page (full pattern) width would be the actual width of a piece of cloth? so this shows an entire pattern repeat real size?

    November 21, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

  3. Comment by Ruth Singer:

    Really beautiful and so nice to see them in simple monochrome so the pattern really stands out.

    November 22, 2013 @ 6:17 am

  4. Comment by Nancy R:

    Beautiful, however it makes me long for these designs on fabric!

    November 27, 2013 @ 10:33 am

  5. Comment by romayne cox:

    a treasure. very precious!

    November 27, 2013 @ 11:59 am

  6. Comment by romayne cox:

    precious beyond words. how many of these exist?

    November 27, 2013 @ 12:01 pm