Japanese paper stencils were used in a process of resist-dyeing textiles. These stencils are made of two or more layers of handmade mulberry paper(kozo) laminated together and waterproofed with persimmon tannin. Smoke curing gives the paper additional stiffness and turns it a rich brown. Some of them are reinforced with a network of fine silk threads sandwiched between the layers of paper. The stencils embody Japanese design features such as a preference for asymmetry, a flattened pictorial space, the stylization of natural forms, the positive and negative treatment of the same element, the combination of abstract and naturalistic elements, the illusion of depth created by overlapping planes, and the use of pattern or texture to fill silhouettes.
Susan Shin-Tsu Tai, CARVED PAPER - THE ART OF THE JAPANESE STENCIL
Age: Meiji ca 1900
Size: 12 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches
Media: Carved paper with persimmon tannin
Condition: Very good
Price: $375.00 USD