First developed during the Muromachi period (1337-1573) in Suzuka, a city in the Ise area of Mie prefecture, Ise-katagami is the craft of paper stencils used in kimono dyeing, made on multiple layers of thin washi paper bonded with persimmon juice. Initially controlled and supported by the Kishū Domain, Ise-Katagami became increasingly popular throughout the Edo period. It is nowadays recognized as a fine and applied art.
In the closing days of the Edo period, renowned scholar Dr. Siebold brought a large number of Ise-katagami stencils along with ukiyo-e prints to Europe, sparking the birth of the japonisme movement, and spreading the appreciation of this refined craft beyond Japan’s borders and all over the world.
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