Two-Days class: Saturday May 22 and Sunday May 23, 10:00 am-4:00 pm


The class will be held outdoors, on the grounds of LexArt at 130 Waltham St. in Lexington.


Experience the surface design technique of shibori, and create unique patterns on fabric using the natural dye, indigo. Shibori, or the art of “physical resist” has been a traditional pattern-making technique throughout history. In the US in the 60’s, think “tie-dye, and today in Japan, India and Africa.


We will begin experimenting with Japanese approaches such as Kumo (binding), Ori-Nui (stitching), Itajime (clamping) and Arashi (pole wrapping).


After experimenting with these techniques and our own experiments we will create tied, clamped and wrapped “bundles” and then dip them into magical indigo dye. The possibilities are endless and surprises abound- all part of the fun!


On Day 1, we will learn about the history of Shibori and Indigo, view examples and demonstrations, and then experiment with small pieces of natural fabrics. On Day 2, we will apply what we learned from Day 1 to create 3 yards of fabric, that can become a wearable  sewn garment in a companion course.



 The companion course is:

“Japanesque Jacket: Sewing With Your Own Hand-Dyed Shibori Fabric,”  June 15, 22, and 29


Shibori Dying: Playing with Pattern and Indigo with Suzanne Watzman

SKU: C_21-SW-01S
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    On-site - LexArt grounds.

    All levels

    See the Materials list (students purchase on their own)

    An additional materials fee of $50 to cover instructor supplied silk noil and indigo needs to be paid at the beginning of the class.


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