Through July 28, 2019
Decorative Arts Corridor

The Japanese have printed fabric for centuries using katagami, hand carved mulberry paper stencils. These stencils’ intricate designs and bold style amazed the European and American artists who encountered katagami at the turn of the century. Many became collectors and drew inspiration from these stencils—including architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose library from the Little House is on view at the Museum. This selection of katagami from the collection highlights their appealing designs and cross-cultural history.

There are three rotations of katagami:
July 29–November 25, 2018
November 28, 2018–March 24, 2019
March 27–July 28, 2019


Japanese, Katagami: chrysanthemums, probably Meiji era (1868-1912), mulberry paper treated with persimmon tannin, reinforced with silk thread.  Gift of the Reverend and Mrs. Van S. Merle-Smith, Jr., 1976 (1976.40.23)



The exhibition program at the Museum is supported through the generosity of the Harry C. Trexler Trust, Julius and Katheryn Hommer Foundation, The Century Fund, Bernard and Audrey Berman Foundation, Leon C. and June W. Holt Endowment, Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Friends of the Museum.