Katagami are paper stencil templates used by traditional Japanese textile factories to create intricate patterns on fabrics for kimono or yukata (summer kimono). During the late 19th century, international expositions in London and Paris helped promote Japanese arts worldwide, popularizing its influence on Western art and boosting a movement known as Japonism (Japonisme in France).
Katagami, like the better-known ukiyo-e (woodblock prints), became popular and its techniques were exported overseas. Some critics describe katagami as the driving force behind revolutionary and significant craft movements in Europe, including Art Nouveau in France and Jugendstil in Germany. On display are 400 katagami artifacts; till Oct 14.
Mie Prefectural Art Museum; (059) 227-2100; 11, Otani, Tsu, Mie; Tsu Station, JR lines. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon (except Sep 17, Oct 8), Sep 18, Oct 9. www.bunka.pref.mie.lg.jp/art-museum.