What are Katagami?

Katagami are Japanese stencils that were originally used for applying patterns to kimono cloth.  They are made of mulberry paper, and the designs were hand cut.

The katagami at MoDA are part of the Silver Studio Collection, having been acquired as design reference in the 1890s.  You can read more about the ways in which they were traditionally used in Japan in the flipbook below.

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