Katagami are made of multiple layers of thin mulberry paper which are bonded with a glue extracted from persimmon, which makes a strong flexible brown coloured paper.
This katagami was used for “katazome” which is the method of dyeing fabrics (kimonos) using a stencil and a resist paste. The resist paste was made with rice flour and when dyed, the dye didn’t adhere to the areas covered with the paste. It was an inexpensive way to make all-over patterns similar to a woven cloth.
It is from the Meiji Period (1868~1912) and made of Japanese cedar (“Sugi” in Japanese). There is a diamond shape metal work near the keyhole (family crest of family who owned this furniture). It is lacquered . It combined sophisticated style with the highest quality craftsmanship and finest materials to create it.