Dragon in Clouds - Japanese Stencil

Dragon in Clouds – Japanese Stencil This Japannese stencil pattern originates from the old book “Kata-gami: Japanese stencils in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (published: 1979)” and represents a very nice example of kata-gami technique. A collection of Japanese stencil patterns (kata-gami patterns) in the possession of the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum has been presented in a book published by the museum.

Katagami stands for Japanese paper stencils used to transfer patterns to fabric for dyeing . The paper for katagami technique are obtained from mulberry bark, and the patterns are derived by cutting with knives of various sizes and shapes.

As the dragon represent a very common motif (in European cultures) and symbol (in Asian cultures), we hope that this stencil will be interesting to a large number of those visiting our site.

Due to the fact that stencil patterns consist of closed contours, most of them are suitable for scroll saw woodworking technique. The dragon katagami pattern that we have presented here is adapted to both the stencil and the scroll saw techniques. Her we are dealing with an extremely complex pattern, and therefore it is not suitable for manual wood cutting, but with the use of a laser-cutter you can get a very nice decoration indeed.

This is also repeating pattern. By simply copying and scaling, it is possible to create a pattern of any size.

Dragon stencil (dragon kata-gami pattern) that you can download here is under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported  license.

In the picture you can see what it look like and you can download it in 2D CAD format (dwg) or vector formats (svg or eps).

Dragon in Clouds (Japanese Stencil) - .dwg file format (1.18 MB)

Dragon in Clouds (Japanese Stencil) - .eps file format (4.92 MB)

Dragon in Clouds (Japanese Stencil) - .svg file format (5.37 MB)