Ca. late Taishō to early Shōwa period [1920-40s].
A collection of beautiful stencils for dyeing patterns onto ‘happi’ [traditional Japanese straight-sleeved coats] and/or ‘haori’ [formal coats]. Most of the stencils feature ‘kamon’ [circular family crests], and would have been used for the back panel of such coats. Other patterns in the set, however, are much more intricate, and would have been used for more decorative kimono. These highly detailed stencils are known as ‘katagami’. The remains of old calligraphy can be seen on some of the leaves where the paper has been reused from old texts. Some of the stencils have dye stains from use, while others appear unused. A nice set of both simple and intricate hand-cut stencils.
Occasional small holes to leaves and chipping to extremities. Very light wormholing to a few leaves. Larger wormhole to one of the bigger katagami leaves. Overall very good. 23 leaves. Smallest leaf measures 20.9 x 19 cm. Largest leaf measures 33.5 x 45 cm.