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Kimono Pattern Paper Stencils

November 11, 2011

One facet of the kimono exhibit at MAIC that caught my attention was the display of mulberry paper stencils from the late 19th to early 20th century.  Kimono fabric is cut from the same bolt and the fabric had to be decorated before the kimono was sewn.  The exhibit stated that the stencils were inked with dye and used to transfer the pattern to the fabric.  That aspect is particularly interesting because this is an unusual method of using a stencil by my experience; the stencils were used to make a positive to positive images instead of blocking out areas to prevent the transmission of color.

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