June 8, 2016

Tiffany Loy

I studied industrial design in Singapore, and was always interested in machines, the process of making things, and how things work. My interest in textiles began 3 years ago, when I started exploring the design of soft goods. I wanted to learn how to weave because I believe it’s the best way to understand textile as a material - to experience making it myself. As I searched for courses online, I kept in mind what I wanted to learn - not just the techniques related to weaving, but also to understand the design sensibilities in the field of textile design, in another part of the world. I liked the graduation works presented on KTS’s website, and was curious to learn more about the Japanese sense of aesthetics. It’s also a good chance for me to learn and practise a new language!

Beginners Course

In the 3 months I spent at KTS, it felt like I was developing a sort of relationship with the process of dyeing, yarn preparation, and weaving. A familiarity was built over time, and I began to understand how intuition can be developed, project after project. Different types of yarn behaved so differently, and the same colour could appear more interesting if the selection of yarn is appropriate. Going through the courses progressively, I was exposed to techniques of varying complexity, in a very organised and structured manner. In the last 3 weeks, I attempted my first coursework and created a large piece of tapestry under the guidance of 2 senseis. I enjoyed our discussions on yarn choice, weave structures and overall visual effects. Indeed there was a great sense of satisfaction at the end of it!

Precious friendships were fostered over the 3 months, with students and staff alike. Meal times were interesting, as I observed the cultural differences and try conversing in Japanese. The local students would show me their projects and sometimes we will discuss the challenging aspects of different techniques. Hanging out with them on the weekends, I always had such a great time exploring Kyoto and meeting other creative people in their exhibitions.

I have grown from my experience living in Kyoto and studying at KTS, both professionally (now that I have new skills to apply in my design career), and personally. Interactions with all the people I have met in these months have given me precious memories to keep.

from the KTS Graduate Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Annex, March 2016

Between Warp and Weft (left)
Though textiles are often viewed as a single surface, they are in fact many layers of material intertwined. This piece of tapestry exhibits the different layers of color and material within - the warp, the additional layer of color applied onto the warp and the weft. Appearing to be between the warp and weft yarn, the blue-green rhombus highlights the weave structure, and draws attention to the texture created by the weaving.

Behind the Screen (right)
This tapestry explores the idea of seeing the weft yarn as a layer of material over the warp yarn –perceiving the two as different layers, though they are intertwined. The blurred form painted on the warp yarn serves to suggest depth in the tapestry, further separating the viewer’s focus on the two different yarns.

Tiffany Loy (Singapore)


Tiffany studied in the Beginners Course, Foundation Kasuri Course and Applied Kasuri Course I to III in spring 2015.


March 11, 2016

Foundation Kasuri Course in March 2017

Due to popularity, we have added another Foundation Kasuri Course in March 2017!

Foundation Kasuri Course
March 1-13 2017

Intended for: Experienced Weavers*
Duration: 10 days
Capacity: 5 students
Held in English

Kasuri is a technique whereby weaving threads are resist-bound with elastic or nylon tape prior to being dyed, in order to create different coloured patterns in woven cloth. This course is intended for international students who have some experience with weaving and would like to try kasuri for the first time. By making samples, students learn warp-kasuri, weft-kasuri, and double kasuri.

*Equivalent to at least Beginners Course completion level (prior experience in warping and setting up a floor loom).

More information about the course and application procedure can be found here.

February 24, 2016

Graduate Exhibition

This year's Graduate Exhibition will be held from March 2 (Wed) to 6 (Sun) 2016 at the Annex of Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. We will be exhibiting pieces by our first and second year students, technical study course students, and international students.

Kawashima Textile School Graduate Exhibition
2016.3.2 (Wed.) -6 (Sun.) 9:00 - 17:00
Annex of Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto-shi Bijutsukan BEKKAN)
Access Information
Admission Free

Reminder: Applications for Autumn due April 5

Applications for the International Students Courses in Spring 2016 should be sent in by April 5. The application form can be downloaded here. Please contact us if you have any questions!

February 9, 2016

Workshops in 2016

This year we have three workshops that are open to non-Japanese speakers:

Paper Yarn Making-spinning yarn from washi
Day Trip to Miyama-visit Hiroyuki Shindo's studio and Little Indigo Museum
Natural Dyeing "Colors of the Heian Period"-dyeing with techniques from the Heian Period (794-1185)

For more information on these workshops and how to apply, please visit our Workshop page.

photo: Hogushi Gasuri (A type of kasuri where the the sparsely woven warp is painted on, taken off the loom, steamed, set on the loom, and woven again)
Kasuri (ikat) courses in English are available in our biannual International Students Course.

February 1, 2016

Featured in Amirisu Magazine

We are featured in Amirisu issue 9, winter 2015/2016. Amirisu is a bilingual knitting magazine, and can be purchased (digital/print) from their website. Kawashima Textile School is introduced in the Craft City Guide for Kyoto.