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Ise katagami, which is indispensable for dyeing in Japan


Hallo everyone! KONNICHIWA!

I'm the staff of Dentoya Akatsuki who loves traditional techniques!!

Do you know the old Tokaido Road?

It was the main walking trail between Tokyo and Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. It was an important road for samurai, officials and merchants during Edo period (1603~1868).

If you want to walk the whole trail, it is about 514 km and it will probably take you around 21 days, and what makes us surprise is.....

our shop owner made it all the way through to Kyoto on foot!!!! He challenged from September 1st to 23rd, 2021 Congratulations!!

If you are interested in, please check out his YouTube channel and subscribe it!

(Now only Japanese subtitles is available)


By the way, I have introduced Japanese traditional crafts along the old Tokaido Road several times.

This time, it is not along the old Tokaido, but I would like to introduce the traditional craft【Ise Katagami Paper Stencil】in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, which the representative also went on a trip.

【History of Ise Katagami paper stencil】

Ise katagami is a paper pattern used to dye fabrics such as kimono into certain patterns.

This dyeing pattern manufacturing technique has been handed down in the Shiroko and Jike areas.

In fact, it is an indispensable tool for Japanese dyeing.

The origin is said to date back more than a thousand years, and has not yet been elucidated. However, it is believed that the paper stencil existed at the end of the Muromachi period because there is a figure of a dyeing craftsman who uses the paper stencil in the painting called "craftspeople" drawn in the Muromachi period.

With the generous protection of the Kishu domain, Ise katagami became widespread nationwide as a result of selling patterns all over the country.

In the Edo period, the patterns became more and more delicate.

In the Meiji era, the clothing culture began to change from kimono to Western-style clothing due to the wave of modernization, and in addition, it was hit hard by the Pacific War, and it seems that there are almost no paper pattern companies.

However, as the reconstruction progressed from the end of the war, the demand for kimono increased again, and it reached its peak in the 1965s.

Nowadays, in addition to kimono, it is used for lighting equipment, building fittings, jewelry, etc., and a technology preservation society has been set up to convey traditional techniques.

At Kintetsu Ujiyamada Station, there is a large clock with the motif of Ise katagami paper stencil.

The artistic patterns are also evaluated as arts and crafts.

【How is Ise katagami paper stencil made?】

The mount of Ise katagami is Mino Japanese paper, which is reinforced by laminating with Kakishibu.

Three to four papers are laminated alternately so that the fibers in the vertical direction and the ones in the horizontal direction overlap to increase the strength, and the papers are pasted on a cypress upholstery plate and dried in the sun.

If you put it in a smoke room and continue to smoke for about a week, it will become a dark brown paper that does not easily expand and contract.

A craftsman carves a pattern there by hand carving with a chisel. It takes half a month to a month or more to carve one set.

It's amazing to carve paper with a chisel!

There are four types of engraving techniques: "striped carving", "pierced carving", "tool carving", and "drill carving".

There are many variations of designs, from traditional and geometric to those that symbolize Japanese beauties of nature. The carefully carved pattern paper will be the Ise Katagami used to dye the fabric.

Place the finished pattern paper on a piece of cloth and dye it with a brush. That's how the kimono is completed.

You can also see the production process on YouTube, so if you are interested, please take a look. I was surprised at the fineness and craftsmanship!

【Ise katagami】may be used in your kimono!

DENTOYA AKATSUKI sells hairpins and haori strings using tamahagane.

Tamahagane hairpin

Tamahagane haori cord

If you like, please enjoy coordinating with the kimono!

↓Please check the product from here↓

◆Tamahagane hairpin 【Toyotama】

◆Tamahagane haori cord 【Munakata】


We deliver you Japanese genuine skill with warmhearted crafts. We hope that we can continue to help you add color to your life with "tradition" and "craftsmanship".




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