A whole history with Japan


In our archives are three collections of Japanese poncifs from the time when the House made lace: katagami. These are stencils that were made in Japan as early as the 12th century. To print patterns on leather, then on fabric for the manufacture of kimonos in particular.

They were cut from a paper of mulberry leaves (the silkworm tree) fermented in khakibb juice (kaki), making it solid and waterproof. Then, the craftsmen-engravers made the stencils by cutting the patterns by hand. To use it, a rice paste was applied to obtain the patterns in reserve on the textile.

When one observes the infinite delicacy and wide variety of the drawings, one immediately understands why they attracted the attention of lacemakers! We were happy to lend one of the collections to Louise Koubi, a student at the Ecole de Condé, for restoration work. On May 16, 2019 Louise presented this work at a convivial evening at the School.

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