Itajime Shibori Dyeing: Indigo Art

October 13, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Manoa Rd. Add to Calendar

Continue your affair with indigo dyeing and learn new Shibori, resist, methods.  Visiting Artist Akemi Cohn will teach the Nejiri and Itajime techniques, Japanese for twisted and folded.   Students will manipulate cotton, silk and linen around a small PVC plastic pipe and learn how to control the twisting to make a variety of resist patterns.  Folding the fabrics into various shapes also produces resisted patterns.  Dipping and submerging the twisted and folded fabrics into the indigo vat several times creates harmonious shades of irresistible blue; pale morning sky to midnight dark navy.  Akemi will also teach how to make and maintain a small (5 gallon bucket) indigo vat for your home studio. Cohn studied traditional indigo dyeing in Kyoto and graduated from Tama University and Cranbrook Academy.  She maintains her indigo vat in her Chicago basement, at just the right temperature.  She also felts and sashiko stitches.  She adds, "Although indigo dyeing has been applied to clothes and interior decorations for over 700 years in Japan, indigo blues appear contemporary in our modern lifestyle." 

2 days: Tuesday October 13 and Wednesday October 14, 9-noon Pre-requisite: Participation in Indigo dyeing classes at TEMARI or Lyon Arboretum. Class fee: $90 (pay to register), plus $15 supply fee payable at first class.

Ticket Information
Registration required. Call 988-0456 to register.

Event Sponsor
Lyon Arboretum, Mānoa Campus

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