February 1, 2013

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.