February 8, 2012

Shifu 1: Paper Yarn Making (closed)

May 3 (Thu.) to May 4 (Fri.) 10:00-16:00

Tuition Fee: 21,000yen
Materials Fee: included
Capacity: 6-10 students
Held in Japanese and English

Application Deadline: Apr. 12 (Thu.)


You can make paper yarn from Japanese “Washi” paper. 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. Not only can “Washi” paper yarn be woven, but it can be dyed, knitted, crocheted and braided.

*In this workshop we will be making 3 washi papers worth of yarn. Applicants for the “Shifu” Program of August will need 8 washi papers worth of yarn. Students who wish to stay and make the necessary amount may use facilities on May 5 (Sat.) and 6 (Sun.) with an additional fee. Please inquire.

Day 1: Cutting and rolling the washi
Day 2: Spinning

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 Kyoto University of Art and Design.


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 (Thu.).

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

Check-in: May 2 (Wed.)

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