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Clever Japanese Devices

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The Japanese have a mode of preparing steucils which is better than ours. In our method complioated figures must be divided by broad lines of paper in order to glue the paper together and make the Btencil strong enough for use, and these bands of paper leave blanks in the design which must often be filled in by hand. The Japanese cut their stencils out of two or sometimes three thicknesses of thiu but tough paper. Then between each two of these sheets they lay, crossing one another in all directions, human hairs or fibers of raw silk. These are specially laid across the open parts of the design, and when the several layers of the stencil are glued together they serve the same purpose as the bands of paper left by our stencil cutters, but they form no obstacle to the application of the color and leave no blanks in the design. The same clever workers use rice paste, applied with the brush or with stencils, for "stopping out" in dyeing or in painting with dyes. When the color is fixed, the rice paste can be washed away. They also obtain the opposite effect on silks of European or American manufacture. Having found that these often fade quic' 'y, they execute a design on them m rice paste, then treat them with chloride of lime until they are bleached. The rice paste is then washed awav. leavine the


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