Sat, Jul 17 | Online via Cabrillo Extension

Intro to Shibori (In Person)

Join me back on campus to experience the magic of Japanese Shibori Indigo dyeing, an ancient dyeing method. Learn to mix indigo dye, then experience the excitement and anticipation of the Japanese art of Itajime Shibori, which is a fabric folding and binding technique to create geometric patterns.

Time & Location

Jul 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Online via Cabrillo Extension

About the Event

Indigo is one of the richest and oldest pigments used in dyeing, from ancient times to today’s blue jeans. In this class, you will learn the technique of Japanese Shibori indigo dyeing, a brief timeline of the historical background and science behind the use of Indigo dye across cultures, and create a unique pair of throw pillow covers - all in one day!  Learn to mix indigo dye, then experience the excitement and anticipation of the Japanese art of Itajime Shibori, folding and binding the fabric to create geometric patterns. You may also bring small items to "free dye” at the end of class, using your newly acquired Shibori skills! Come experience the magic of this ancient dyeing technique, and go home with the skills and knowledge to create your own unique Shibori projects! You will go home with several beautiful dyed projects and any “free dye” items you brought to class. We will likely have a bit of time for everyone to dye an additional small item if you’d like to bring something with you. Some good projects are bandanas, shirts, baby onesies, kitchen towels (without too much texture), pillowcases, or anything around that size. Indigo is a unique type of dye that bonds to the material on a molecular level, so it works only on natural fibers that are plant or animal-based including cotton, linen, silk, bamboo, and wool. Please make sure your item is made from one of these materials as any synthetic fabric will not turn out.

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