The 'Ebi' (Lobster) pattern symbolises longevity. Lobster patterned Kimono were used by the Ichikawa (Kabuki opera) family who adopted the 'Ebi-Kotobuki' (Long life Lobster) as a secondary komon (family crest) from early 18th century (presumably 1703 to about 1930).
This Katagami also features a design of carved jagged lines to make it look like woven Ikat, called ‘Urumi gata’ (looks like Kasuri). Kasuri (Ikat) is a woven pattern. This is a style applied to patterns from the late Edo period (1780-1867) to the present. In collections from around 1850 to the Meiji Era (1868-1911) of the Northeastern region of Japan, Urumi gata is often seen.
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.