Katagami

MoDA’s Silver Studio Collection includes 400 Japanese katagami. These are traditional Japanese resist-printing stencils for textiles. They are a great source of inspiration for students.

several katagami stencils on a table

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

Peonies and fundo tsunagi Katagami stencil

View a selection of katagami stencils in our collection