||Auspicious objects, Chinese characters, beautiful scenes, and cherished everyday items have been incorporated into katagami designs. Only consummate craftsmen can handle such deft, meticulous cutting work. From top left: small mallets and weights, characters for cho, varied stripes, tortoises, shells, chirping sparrows, varied weights, anchors, fallen cherry blossoms, gauzy twill, characters for "tiger," bells, checkered flower patterns, arrow feathers, god of thunder, and weights.
These plates are a part of a collection of ancient stencils titled Ise Katagami, published by the Association for the Preservation of Ise Katagami.
Cutting stencils with the dogu-bori method is extremely intricate work requiring blades of many different shapes.