January 27, 2011

Lecture: Katsuji Wakisaka

Textile designer Katsuji Wakisaka came to KTS and talked about his work at Marimekko, Jack Larsen, Wacoal Interior Fabric, and sou sou (present). Mr. Wakisaka was the first Japanese designer to work at Marimekko, and is famous for his fabric design "Bo Boo."

Bo Boo (1975)






Mr. Wakisaka explaining how the printing technique and dye is different now compared to the 60's and 70's, and how a repeated pattern is made.

January 13, 2011

Workshops 2011

Happy New Year!

This year the following workshops will be open to international students:



May 3-4
Paper Yarn Making Workshop
Keiko Yoshida


July 19-22
Handwoven Indigo Dyed Scarf Workshop Kazuyo Yamakoshi


July 25-28
Shifu Workshop
Keiko Yoshida


Aug. 29-31
Chuya Ori Workshop (*added Feb. 7)
Keiko Yoshida


Sep. 2-3
Natural Dyeing Workshop "Colors of the Heian Period"
Masaru Hori


Please click on the images for more information.
We look forward to meeting you at KTS!

Paper Yarn Making Workshop (closed)


May 3(Tue.) to May 4(Wed.) 10:00-16:00

Tuition Fee: 15,750yen
Materials Fee: 5,250yen
Capacity: 6-10 students
Held in Japanese and English

Application Deadline: Apr. 12 (Tue.)

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You can make paper yarn from Japanese “Washi” paper. (Note; Please read the summary of the Shifu Workshop for more detailed information about this workshop.)  Not only can “Washi” paper yarn be woven, but it can be dyed, knitted, crocheted and braided.

Day 1 Cutting and rolling the washi
Day 2 Spinning

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Keiko Yoshida
In 1985 Keiko Yoshida completed the Advanced Textile Research Course at Seian Women's College in Kyoto Japan. After working for a period of time at HINAYA Inc., a traditional weaving company in Kyoto, she became a studio weaving artist. While researching paper weaving she learned how to make washi paper yarn from Ms. Takiyo Hattori and Ms. Hiroko Karuno. Currently she is producing handwoven textiles and is an Adjunct Instructor at Nagoya University of Arts and Kyoto University of Art and Design.

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To apply, please contact us using our inquiry form or by email (kts(at)kawashima-textile-school.jp), and we will send you the application form. Please fill it in and send it back to us by Apr. 12(Tue.).

Please let us know if you would like to stay at our dormitory during the course.

Check-in: May 2(Mon.)

Please do not cancel. We may charge you a cancellation service fee.

Handwoven Indigo Dyed Scarf Workshop (closed)


July 19(Tue.) to July 21(Thu.) 10:00-16:00
July 22(Fri.) 9:00-18:00

Tuition Fee: 33,000yen
Materials fee and bus trip fee included
Capacity: 5-10 students
Held in Japanese
*This workshop is intended for experienced weavers.

Application deadline: June 28(Tue.)

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Dye a handwoven silk scarf with freshly picked leaves from the school's garden. On the last day we will go on a day trip to Miyama to see indigo artist Mr. Hiroyuki Shindo's studio and Little Indigo Museum.

Day 1 Preparation
Day 2 Weaving
Day 3 Weaving, Dyeing
Day 4 Day trip to Miyama


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Kazuyo Yamakoshi
Completed the Life Art course in Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture in 1989. After studying textiles, she has worked at FONS(Chihaya Nakagawa) and Kuuru Koubou, and now has her own studio in Kyoto.

Special Judges Award, "Object of Light Exhibition"(1992)
Grand Prize, "Itami International Craft Exhibition"(2006)
Currently teaches at Kawashima Textile School and Itami Craft Center.

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To apply, please contact us using our inquiry form or by email (kts(at)kawashima-textile-school.jp), and we will send you the application form. Please fill it in and send it back to us by June 28(Tue.).

Please let us know if you would like to stay at our dormitory during the course.

Please do not cancel. We may charge you a cancellation service fee.

Shifu Workshop (closed)


July 25(Mon.) to July 28(Thu.) 10:00-16:00

Tuition Fee: 29,400yen
Materials Fee: 5,250yen
Capacity: 6-10 students
Held in Japanese and English
*This workshop is intended for experienced weavers (of at least one year).

Application Deadline: July 4(Mon.)

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In some parts of the world people call Japanese paper "Rice Paper" but actually there is no trace of rice or rice straw in Japanese "Washi". You probably have heard of "Washi" and know that it is the traditionally produced paper made from bast fiber in combination with the unique techniques that have been developed in Japan since the beginning of the 7th century but have you ever heard of "Shifu?"

Shifu is a woven cloth produced using paper yarn made from "Washi". In our workshop we will weave a table-runner using ramie (a plant of the nettle family native to tropical Asia, Boehmeria nivea, family Urticaceae.) as the warp and "Washi" paper yarn as the weft. The process of making the paper yarn from "Washi" will be the primary focus of this workshop. We will precut the "Washi" paper into thin strips, roll it into a kind of thick uniform bundle and then tear every other cut to create a single long strip. Finally we will spin this into a single long line somewhat smaller than yarn but larger than thread. Does this pique your interest?

Day 1 Lecture, cutting and rolling the washi, spinning
Day 2 Designing the shifu, warping, preparing the loom
Day 3 Weaving
Day 4 Weaving, finishing, critique

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Keiko Yoshida
In 1985 Keiko Yoshida completed the Advanced Textile Research Course at Seian Women's College in Kyoto Japan. After working for a period of time at HINAYA Inc., a traditional weaving company in Kyoto, she became a studio weaving artist. While researching paper weaving she learned how to make washi paper yarn from Ms. Takiyo Hattori and Ms. Hiroko Karuno. Currently she is producing handwoven textiles and is an Adjunct Instructor at Nagoya University of Arts and Kyoto University of Art and Design.

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To apply, please contact us using our inquiry form or by email (kts(at)kawashima-textile-school.jp), and we will send you the application form. Please fill it in and send it back to us by July 4(Mon.)

Please let us know if you would like to stay at our dormitory during the course.

Please do not cancel. We may charge you a cancellation service fee.

Natural Dyeing Workshop "Colors of the Heian Period" (closed)

Sept. 2(Fri.) to Sept. 3(Sat.) 10:00-16:00

Tuition Fee: 10,500yen
Materials fee: 4,200
Capacity: 2-5 students
Held in Japanese
Application Deadline: July 25(Mon.)

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Make color samples using 6 natural dyes (madder, sappanwood, safflower, lithospermum erythrorhizon, sumac, fermented indigo + amur corktree) and mordants such as camillia ashes, straw ashes, ohaguro(teeth blackening) iron.
After dyeing the samples, choose a color and dye a scarf of your own.

Day 1 Gathering plants and preparing the mordants
Day 2 Dyeing samples (silk cloth and thread) and a silk scarf

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Masaru Hori
Worked on restoration of fabrics from Fujinoki Kofun (late 6th Century burial mound), and on fabrics etc. for The State Guesthouse in Akasaka at Kawashima Selkon Textiles. Teaches dyeing at Kawashima Textile School from 1996.

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To apply, please contact us using our inquiry form or by email (kts(at)kawashima-textile-school.jp), and we will send you the application form. Please fill it in and send it back to us by July 25(Mon.).

Please let us know if you would like to stay at our dormitory during the course.
Check-in: Sep.1 (Thu.)

Please do not cancel. We may charge you a cancellation service fee.