Japanese katagami stencils from the late 19th/early 20th century. Felted fibers and mulberry paper.
These stencils would have been used to apply a rice paste resist to fabric prior to dyeing. The areas covered by the paste would have been protected from the dye and remained the original color of the fabric.
July 13, 1937: Peter the Great, a Bronx Zoo hippopotamus, feasted on carrots on his 34th birthday — a welcome improvement over the fiasco of his 31st, which, The Times reported, was “full of disappointment and bad luck.” On that dark day, Friday the 13th, not only did rain — Peter’s preferred weather — fail to materialize, but his misery peaked when a chocolate cake, brought by an admirer, was devoured in front of his eyes by a mob of greedy schoolboys. Photo: The New York Times