Large and small “Tessen” (Clematis) flowers design

Brief description

Large and small "Tessen" (Clematis) flowers katagami stencil, 1850-1880.

Date

1850-1880

Dimensions

height: 257mm
width: 410mm
stencil height: 145mm
stencil width: 350mm

More details

"Tessen" (Clematis) pattern was popularly used in the costumes of Oiran Geisya, and wearing second hand Tessen kimonos was popular among common people during the Edo period (1603–1868). Many Ukiyo-e Clematis Kimono were also produced as it was promoted for Geisha costumes. This is one of around 400 Japanese katagami stencils which are part of the Silver Studio Collection. The stencils were produced in Japan as a way of applying patterns to fabric, mainly kimonos. The katagami collected by the Silver Studio were used by their designers as reference material to produce their own Japanese-inspired patterns.

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