MoDA’s katagami stencils date from the late ninteenth century. They represent one of the largest and most significant public collections of katagami in Britain (others are at the V&A Museum in London, and Leeds University’s ULITA).
The katagami in MoDA’s Silver Studio Collection are among our most popular objects. They hold a fascination for students and creative practitioners because of the intricacy of their cutting and the beauty and stylisation of the motifs depicted.
Explore our collection below, and have a look at the short online reading list on the influence of Japan that we have put together
What are these katagami and why are they interesting?
A project to focus on katagami as a source of inspiration for artists and designers, both historically and today
A grant from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation helped to improve our knowledge of the Japanese items in our collections.
How people have been inspired by the Katagami stencils
How a workshop used drawing as a means of exploring the Japanese stencils, or katagami, from MoDA’s collection
Cecilia Hughes writes engagingly about the visual excitement of katagami stencils
Sarah Desmarais uses drawing techniques to get to know the katagami through practical engagement.