|2005 Spring - Intro - Inden - Yukata - Kioi Art Gallery
Katagami patterns become contemporary pieces of art
photography by Hiroaki Ishii / text by Machico Yorozu
It was five years ago that Atsuyo Kajiura, the founder of Alpha Language Institute, a Japanese language school for business professionals, encountered a collection of katagami stencil patterns. Captivated by their beauty, she established the Kioi Art Gallery, featuring a permanent collection of 5,000 katagami once owned by the now-defunct dyeing shop Chojiya, located in Nihonbashi dating back to the Edo period (1603-1867). To give people from all over the world a chance to experience Japanese art and culture, she organizes exhibitions and events at her gallery. She has transformed traditional katagami into modern art by mounting them on background colors of quality paper (including gold and silver), and framing them. The intricate art fits well into the gallery's pristine white-walled interior.
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|Katagami titled Lobster Fishery reveals ocean waves, lobsters, and nets. The gold-paper backing creates a stark contrast with the magnificent hand-cut design, rendering it an elegant piece of art.
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Kateigaho International Edition Issues:
2005 SUMMER - 2005 SPRING - 2005 WINTER
2004 AUTUMN - 2004 SUMMER - 2004 SPRING - 2004 WINTER
2003 AUTUMN - INAUGURAL ISSUE