World Shibori Network

Resist-dye traditions and innovations : celebrating textile technology

International Shibori Symposia

9th ISS (2014) Late October 2014


The 9th ISS “Silk Road Now: from archeology to technology”(tbc), will be taking place in Hangzhou, China, hosted by the China National Silk Museum(CNSM 中国絲绸博物館) and World Shibori Network. The symposium will be a four day program in Hangzhou, including a plenary session with keynote speakers; presentation of scholarly papers and technical demonstrations; on-site conservation seminars; guided tours of exhibitions; workshops; day tours to Haining City and surrounds; two-day field trip to herb market, indigo farm and clamp resist artisan.


  • Archeology
  • Ethnology and Intangible Culture
  • Fashion and Costum
  • Art
  • Compression Resist
  • Conservation and Ecology
  • Natural Dye and Empowering People
  • Technologies and Design
  • Education

Keynote speakers(tbc)


  • Archeology of Compression Resist Textiles - CNSM Textile Gallery
  • World Shibori and Asian Ikat - CNSM Conservation Gallery
  • Contemporary Shibori - CNSM Temporary Gallery
  • Wang Xu’s Research on Chinese Za ran/Zahran - CNSM XINYOU Archive
  • New Beat: International Student Concours Exhibition – venue tbc
  • Participating international students can also petition an exhibition.

Collaborating Organizations and Institutions:

  • Hangzhou Arts & Crafts Museum 杭州工芸美術博物館
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University – 香港理工大学
  • World Shibori Network Japan
  • Jinze Arts Center – Shanghai, 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)