Ise Katagami (Kimono stencil)

Kimono stencil has been called Ise-Katagami because it was made primarily in the Ise area, and then sold to kimono makers all over Japan. The process uses 3 sheets of washi paper (rice paper) with a persimmon astringent liquid (kakishibu), cutting kimomo patterns on it. Every process is done by the artisan’s hands. There are four different cutting skills (Hiki-bori = a stripe, sometimes 1/32” with 11 stripes; Tsuki-bori = using a cutting tool like stabbing; Dogu-bori = using many different tools; Kiri-bori = sometimes 1/3” with 100 small dots) and one skill (Itoire = made with string) in order to print or dye on kimono fabrics. Ise- Katagami almost disappeared after World War II. There are not many artisans of this kind left nowadays.