About this object

History of use

The katazome method of dying fabric used a resist paste applied through a stencil; when the paste dried the stencil was removed and colour was applied by brush. The paste was then washed away leaving undyed areas to form pattern against coloured ground. Prior to the 16th century cut stencils were used to colour leather armour. However, during the Edo Period (1603-1868) the technique was developed as a true native craft.

Cultural context

fabric printing

Iconographic meaning

Purple wisteria: mourning.

Physical description

The rectangular stencil has a cut design of wisteria motifs, surround by a scroll pattern. Two register points are located along the long sides of the design. Traces of Japanese script and grid on the back.