Katazome Silk Screen Print Set of 5 Sheets, Set 4


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The tradition of dyeing silk fabrics for kimonos featuring beautiful intricate patterns is centuries old. Katazome and Chiyogami papers are the on-paper continuation of such techniques, which came about surprisingly recently from the 1940s and 1970s respectively. 

The production of such papers today remains with a handful of studios primarily situated in the Kyoto region. Originally these were made from hand cut paper screens stained with persimmon (also known as kaki) juice, more modern silkscreens are used nowadays.

Whereas in Chiyogami printing technique, the pattern covers the entire surface and most often includes gold power for maximum effect, the beauty of Katazome lies in a more typically Japanese minimal and restrained approach to aesthetics. Indeed Katazome relies mainly on resist-dyeing (meaning the first layer of printing masks off areas using a glue-like paste made from soy-milk which will eventually be washed off and remain un-dyed) and seeks to reveal the beauty of the handmade paper which lies beneath.

Katazome is directly linked to the work of Keisuke Serizawa (1895-1984), a leader of the Mingei Folk-art movement, designated in 1956 as a living national treasure by the Japanese Government. Serizawa translated dyeing techniques usually used on fabric, in Kimono design, to Kozo paper. Only natural dyes from vegetables and minerals are used to obtain matte, subtle and rich colours which can otherwise not be produced in modern printing. Serizawa and a group of stencil artist produced around 400 patterns in the postwar era, many of which are here presented in our assortment. 

Katazome has a distinct postwar modern flavour melding different stencil dyeing techniques in particular Bingata (from Okinawa) and South Pacific batik. The result is assuredly still very fresh despite its age which speak miles to the strengths of deceiving simplicity.

Traditionally in Japan chiyogami and katazome papers were used to make small souvenirs and trinkets such as dolls, small boxes, tea caddies etc. These can also be used in a more subtle and contemporary fashion either framed whole to be used decoratively or for bookbinding where more simple and geometric patterns can look truly stunning and not necessarily traditionally Japanese.

While many retailers sell these papers in half sheets; for your best appreciation we prefer to only sell full sized sheets which measure 61 x 91 cm. 

We have chosen 5 patterns which we feel are complimentary can be used together either as wrapping paper or for any craft and bookbinding project. 

This set includes 5 sheets of paper, each measuring 61 x 91cm, 1 sheet in each pattern style. As these are sold as a set you benefit from a competitive group discount.