February 15, 2013

Graduate Exhibition



This year's Graduate Exhibition will be held from March 6-10 at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. We will be exhibiting pieces by our first to third year students, technical study course students, and international students.

Kawashima Textile School Graduate Exhibition
2013.3.6 (Wed.) -10 (Sun.)* 9:00 - 17:00
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto-shi Bijutsukan)
Admission Free

*Please note that March 3 (Sun.) is the day of the Kyoto Marathon.

February 7, 2013

Japanese Blog Post: Visiting Sachio Yoshioka's Studio

A new post on the Japanese blog >> Visiting Sachio Yoshioka's Studio

At this time of year they are preparing safflower (benibana) dyed washi which will be used for making paper flowers for a 1260 year old ceremony called "Omizutori" at Todai-ji Temple.

"Murasaki (purple)" A documentary film of Sachio Yoshioka

February 1, 2013

Workshops 2013

In 2013 the following workshops will be open to international students.


Shifu 1: Yarn Making (Keiko Yoshida) April 27-28 (closed)


Shifu 2: Indigo Leaf Dyeing (Keiko Yoshida) July 6-7 (closed)


Shifu 3: Weaving an Obi (Keiko Yoshida) August 19-22 (closed)


Day Trip to Miyama July 16 (full)


Natural Dyeing "Colors of the Heian Period" (Masaru Hori) September 4-6 (closed)

Please click on the titles for more information.

Shifu 1: Paper Yarn Making (closed)



April 27-28 (2 days) 10:00-16:00
Tuition Fee: 21000yen (materials fee included)
Capacity: 6-10 students
Held in Japanese and English
Application Deadline: April 10

For information about the application process, please click here.
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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. The Washi paper is precut into thin strips, rolled into a kind of thick uniform bundle, then every other cut is torn to create a single long strip. Finally this is spun into a single long line.

Not only can Washi paper yarn be woven, but it can be dyed, knitted, crocheted and braided.

There will be three Shifu workshops this year by Keiko Yoshida. If you join all three, you will be able to take home a beautiful indigo leaf dyed Shifu obi, but you are more than welcome to join only Shifu 1 and learn the process of Washi paper yarn making!

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

*In this workshop we will be making 3 washi papers worth of yarn. Applicants for Shifu3: Weaving an Obi in August will need 8 washi papers worth of yarn. Students who wish to stay and make the necessary amount may use facilities on April 29, 30, May 1 with an additional fee. Please inquire.

>Shifu 2: Indigo Leaf Dyeing
>Shifu 3: Weaving an Obi

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.

Shifu 2: Indigo Leaf Dyeing (closed)

July 6-7 (2 days) 10:00-16:00
Tuition Fee: 18900yen (materials fee included)
Capacity: 6-10 students
Held in Japanese and English
For: Experienced weavers

For information about the application process, please click here.
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This is a unique method of dyeing with only the raw indigo plant leaf rather than the normally used fermented brew process. We will use silk thread because the silk is very receptive to this technique and the color comes out well.

Before the flowers of the plant bloom the indigo content of the leaves is highest. When we dye the thread with these leaves on a fine sunny, dry day the thread will dry quickly resulting in color that ranges from sharp sky blue to a greenish light blue.

Applicants for Shifu3: Weaving an Obi in August will use this dyed thread as the warp of an obi.

Day 1: Dyeing
Day 2: Winding the thread, designing the obi, warping

>Shifu 3: Weaving an Obi

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.

Shifu 3: Weaving an Obi (closed)

August 19-22 (4 days) 10:00-16:00
Tuition Fee: 31500yen (materials fee included)
Capacity: 6-10 students
Held in Japanese and English
For: Experienced weavers
Prerequisite: Shifu 1, Shifu 2
Application Deadline: July 22

For information about the application process, please click here.
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Shifu is a woven cloth produced using paper yarn made from "Washi". Usually silk, cotton and ramie are used for the warp, and washi paper yarn as the weft. Beautiful cloths using washi paper yarn for both the warp and weft exist as well.

For the warp we will use the silk thread dyed in Shifu 2: Indigo Leaf Dyeing, and for the weft we will use washi paper yarn made in the Shifu 1: Paper Yarn Making Workshop to weave a fresh, summery hanhaba-obi (half-width obi).

*Applicants must prepare 8 washi papers (kozo, 3monme, 5mm strips) worth of yarn by the beginning of the course.

Day 1: Setting up the loom
Day 2: Weaving
Day 3: Weaving
Day 4: Weaving, finishing



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.

Day Trip to Miyama (full)


July 16 (2 days) 9:00-18:00
Fee: 3675yen
Capacity: 5 students
Held in Japanese and English
Application Deadline: June 29

For information about the application process, please click here.
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A day trip to the village of Miyama to see indigo artist Hiroyuki Shindo's studio and "Little Indigo Museum."

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


September 4-6 (3 days) 9:00-16:00
Tuition Fee: 31500yen (materials fee included)
Capacity: 3-8 students
Held in Japanese + English speaking staff member
Application Deadline: August 19

For information about the application process, please click here.
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Make color samples using 6 natural dyes (safflower, gromwell root, sumac, Japanese green alder, bayberry) and mordants such as camillia ashes, straw ashes, ohaguro (teeth blackening) iron.

Day 1 Preparing the mordants, dyeing
Day 2 Dyeing
Day 3 Dyeing with indigo (fresh leaves, dead leaves, fermented leaves)



Masaru Hori
Masaru Hori has 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. He has been teaching dyeing at Kawashima Textile School from 1996.

Application Procedure for Workshops

1. Please fill in the application form and send it back to us by post or e-mail (kts"at"kawashima-textile-school.jp) by each application deadline.

Download pdf file: KTS Application Form for Workshops

If required, please express your interest in staying at the dormitory on your application form.

Check in dates:
Shifu 1: April 26
Shifu 2: July 5
Natural Dyeing: September 3
for other courses please inquire.

2. If accepted, you will receive an estimate for your stay (tuition fee, accommodation etc). The full amount must be paid in cash at the office at 9AM on the first day of the course.

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Important:

Workshops may be cancelled if a minimum number of participants have not registered two weeks prior to the date of the course.

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

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Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you!