Tibetan Carpet Katagami Design

The deceptively simple design of this rug features three delicate, brown vine tendrils set against a dark blue background. The minimalism of the composition is arresting. In a remarkable example of artistic cross-pollination, this new carpet handmade in Sikkim, using Tibetan knotting technique and wool, sports a pattern inspired by the Japanese craft of making paper stencils, known as katagami.

Dating back to the 8th century, katagami stencils were first used to apply patterns in dye to leather goods, such as helmets and stirrups. They were used later to apply dyed patterns to textiles, especially kimonos, in a craft called katazome. This elaborate dye-resist technique involves applying rice paste through the stencil onto silk, followed by multiple stencil realignments and paste applications. The material is dyed, and the paste is finally removed to reveal exquisite voided patterns, often floral or geometric. In the 1870s, the French used Japanese techniques to devise an early version of what is known today as the silk screen.

Country of Origin: India

Size: 4'0'' x 6'0''

Age: New

Material: Wool

Product Code: A66-012

Price: Rs69,000

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