Paperblanks Katagami Florals, Kuro Midi 5 x 7 Inch Journal
“Katagami” is the formal name for the art of Japanese stencil design. The ancient art dates back over thousand years, but these two designs, Kuro and Sakura reproduced come from the late 19th or 20th century.
Katazome begins with grinding inner lining of mulberry bark into a smooth paste, then adding persimmon juice to laminate and waterproof the finished stencil paper. The paste is then rolled into thin sheets and dried in preparation for carving and dyeing. A design would be placed on top of the sheets and its pattern cut out by hand.
The Sakura design is named after the Japanese word for “cherry blossom,” the national flower of Japan. The blossom is both intricately and gracefully presented on this journal cover. Katagami designs are found all throughout Japanese culture, predominantly in both art and textiles from beautiful silk screens to ornate kimonos.
- Hard cover 5 x 7 Inch (13 x 18 cm)
- 144 pages, 120 gsm
- Lined or Blank acid-free sustainable forest paper
- Smythe-sewn binding - notebook opens flat
- Ribbon page marker
- Elastic band closure
- Gusseted, memento pouch on the inside back cover
- ISBN Lined: 9781439754245
- ISBN Blank: 9781439754252