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Katagami - the craft of the Japanese stencil

  • Where:
    ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles, University of Leeds, Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT
  • When:
    25 April to 7 December
    9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Every:
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    Next On:
    November 21st 2017 at 9:30am
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    0113 343 3919
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Katagami - the craft of the Japanese stencil
This exhibition celebrates one of the textile museum's major collections – ‘katagami’, Japanese resist dyeing stencils. Through drilling, punching and cutting a great variety of detailed and intricate designs were cut into mulberry paper. These stencils were used for dyeing designs onto clothing ranging from everyday worker’s garments to the finest silk kimonos.
It introduces the techniques of making and using the katagami, and explores its imagery. Although produced simply as tools, in recent years, the katagami themselves have come to be appreciated as remarkable and beautiful objects in their own right. The designs on the stencils amount to more than decoration. Whether it be evoking a season, carrying wishes for longevity and good fortune or containing an entire folk story, every katagami has a story to tell about the fashion and culture of Japan at the time of its creation and use.