Tuesday, January 17, 2006

CARVING KATAZOME STENCILS, NAGOYA JAPAN



Paper stencils are used in Japan for resist patterns. This is known as the katazome process. Rice paste is applied through the stencil onto the fabric. Then the dye is brushed on or it is dyed in indigo. The rice paste resists the dye.

The paper (katagami) used for katazome is called shibugami. It undergoes a long process to make the paper relatively waterproof and malleable. Two or more pieces of paper are laminated with the tannin-rich persimmon juice then cured and smoked in a kiln.

A stencil artisan is a highly specialized master, he might specialize in a certain design or technique. Special tools are used for carving and punching.



2 comments:

asma said...

I was looking for a web source that sold mulberry paper for stencil making and came across your excellent site. Lots of useful information. Would love to find out where to buy the paper from as I want to try this on silk. I am in london.
asma

JOAN said...

Sources for katazome stencil paper (katagami) are:
Maiwa Handprints, Vancouver, BC
http://www.maiwa.com/stores/supply/japanese.html

Aiko's Art Materials, Chicago, IL, USA
http://www.aikosart.com/04-specialty-papers.html

John Marshall, Corvelo, CA, USA
http://www.johnmarshall.to/8-RETstencils.html#anchor311001

Tanaka Nao Dyes, Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, no website, order by fax only
Tokyo Tel. 03 3400 4844, Fax 03 3400 4969