February 1, 2013

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.

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!


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.