February 1, 2013

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.

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.