World Shibori Network

Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations

International Shibori Symposia

9th ISS (2014) 


The 9th ISS “From the Silk Road to the World 絲路之纈: Compression Resist世界壓縮的纖維: Shibori絞纈, Clamp-resist夾纈, and Ikat絣, took place in Hangzhou, China, hosted by the China National Silk Museum(CNSM 中国絲绸博物館) and World Shibori Network(ワールド絞りネットワーク). The symposium was a five day program in Hangzhou attended by over 250 international participants from over 15 different countries, including a plenary session with keynote speakers; presentation of 72 scholarly papers and technical demonstrations; 2 on-site conservation seminars; artist talks; guided tours of 3 exhibitions; workshops; day tour to Hangzhou Art and Crafts Museum and China TUBU store; optional two-day field trip to Yueqing to experience an early morning herb market, indigo farm and clamp resist artisan. There was a 10-13 day post-conference tour to Xianjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region 新疆维吾尔自治区 including 吐魯(Tǔlǔfān), 乌鲁木齐(Ürümqi ئۈرۈمچى ), 喀什(Kāshíقەشقەر or Kāshígé’ěr) and 和田 (Hétián خوتەن) and extension to Xi’An(Shaanxi Province) and the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang (Gansu Province).

The 9th ISS will be comprised of these proposed topics:

Topics included Archaeology 考古學 – Ethnography 民族志 – Fashion 時尚 & Costume 服装 – Art 藝術 – Compression Resist 防染印花

– Conservation 文物修復 – Natural Dye and Empowering People – Technology and Design – Education

Keynote speakers included Director of the China National Silk Museum and scholar of Chinese silks Zhao Feng; Francoise Cousin, Former Curator, musée du quai Branly, Musée de l’Homme in France; Yoshiko WADA, co-chair of the 9ISS, president of WSN and founder of Slow Fiber Studios; HUANG Yongsong, co-founder and art director of Echo magazine in Taiwan; Alejandro de Avila, director and architect of the Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca, Mexico and founder of the Museo Textile de Oaxaca; Deborah Milner, couture designer of the ECOTURE project with Aveda, based in the UK; and WU Yuanxin from Nantong University, School of Textile and Clothing, scholar on Nantong blue and white cloth.


  • World Shibori and Asian Ikat – CNSM Conservation Gallery
  • Contemporary Art of Shibori and Ikat – CNSM Temporary Gallery
  • Ancient Costume Replica of Han and Jin Dynasties – Xiangxian Art Gallery 名称为象限艺廊
  • Wang Xu’s Research on Chinese Za ran/Zahran – CNSM XINYOU Archive
  • New Beat: International Student Competition – Textile and Wearable Art

Collaborating Organizations and Institutions:

  • Institute of Technology and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University – 香港理工大学
  • World Shibori Network Japan
  • Jinze Arts Center – Shanghai, China
  • Moonchu Foundation
  • Eileen Fischer
  • China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
  • China TUBU Fashion company
  • Qiuzhi Primary School, Hangzhou, China

8th ISS (2011)

The 8th ISS “Technology Shaped by Creativity” took place in Hong Kong in Dec 2011. Event goers expressed the same overriding feeling, one  of inspiration and promise of real innovation amongst our emerging generation of tech-fluent designers. Keynote Speaker and textile visionary, Jack Lenor Larsen, called it “the best of the international shibori symposia to date.” 

The 8ISS boasted 8 exhibitions of international and Chinese art in fiber, 8 workshops, a trunk show & info fair, and more than 95 papers presented/posted by speakers. A reported 150 international artists, designers, educators and researchers participated in the event.

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For an archive of presentations and list of proceedings, click here

ISS Past

Thanks to the generous support of major national cultural institutions, we have been afforded tremendous opportunities to produce the ISS in countries across the globe.

Over the years, our hosts have included: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Design Institute, HONG KONG (2011) [8th ISS website]; Paris American Academy, musee du quai Branly, and Universite Lumiere Lyon2, FRANCE (2008) [7th ISS website]; Tama Art University, Tokyo, JAPAN (2005); Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, AUSTRALIA (2004); International Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate, UK (2002); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, CHILE (1999); National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, INDIA (1997).

ISS Press (selected)