Shibori is calling 💙
How it works: We provide everything you need, including craft kits, table decor, signage, and instructions. For an offsite event, we simply request furniture! 👯♀️ Pick between t-shirts, mini bandanas, scrunchies, masks, or a bundle of everything! Our Shibori Workshops take around 45-75 mins and our in-studio events include two hours of private studio time - plenty of extra time for snacks, drinks, or cake! If you're crafting at our studio, we recommend bringing snacks and something yummy to drink for all your guests! 🍹
A Shibori Kit Craft Kit for each of your crafters:
Shibori Dye Material (extra bundled option below)
Wooden Clothes Pins
Wooden Blocks for Dyeing
Add on: Textile Bundle (+7.50)
*Please note: We require a minimum of eight participants per workshop.
The History of Shibori:
Shibori comes from a Japanese verb meaning "to wring, squeeze, or press." It’s a form of resist-dye, in which fabric is folded, crumpled, bound, stitched, and knotted to create a vast array of patterns & designs. Traditional tools include wooden blocks, cotton thread, river stones, and hooked needles, while modern tools include elastics, clothespins, and plastic clips. Unlike tie-dye in other countries, shibori typically uses only one color of dye – most often a deep blue, derived from the indigo plant.
The art of shibori dyeing has been practiced in Japan for nearly 1300 years, and flourished in the Edo period, during a time of strict social order. Luxurious silks were reserved for the upper classes, while common folks were only allowed to wear linen and hemp textiles. Through the shibori dye process, humble fabrics were transformed into intricate & beautiful textiles that were enjoyed by the merchant class. As the art form grew in popularity, the upper class began to covet shibori-dyed fabrics as well, commissioning silken kimonos & extravagant textiles that survive in museums & private collections. Today, shibori is practiced by artisans throughout Japan and around the world.
In our shibori workshop, crafters will be guided by a Makers Mess instructor & supplied with a mix of traditional & modern tools. Like the first practitioners of the craft, we'll use cotton fabric and indigo-colored dye to create intricate & wearable designs. Crafters will be introduced to three of the oldest & most fundamental techniques of shibori and will walk away from the class with a one-of-a-kind piece & the knowledge to continue practicing an ancient art.
Also, fun to browse: The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has a fabulous collection of artwork relating to shibori, including Japanese ukiyo-e prints, Edo-era textiles, and contemporary works! After the workshop, your new textiles will be in very fine company.
Come join us in our cozy DTLA studio to create, connect, and craft! 🤸
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