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This summer at the Oigawa Weaving Studio, learn all about about kudzu-fu, one of the oldest plant fiber textiles in Japan.
Workshop: Kudzu-fu Workshop
Date: Aug 19-23, 9:30a – 4:00p everyday
Location: 1747 Kanayakawara Shimada City, Shizuoka, Japan
Telephone: +81 547-45-4151
Visit < here > for details on the workshop
Situated in Shizuoka prefecture, the Oigawa Weaving studio specializes in production of kudzu fabric and wall paper. Kudzu is a perennial vine native to much of eastern Asia, southeast Asia, and some Pacific Islands. It can also be seen in much of the Southern United states.
Established in 1952, the studio has 5 working vintage looms from the Meiji period. Once every year, the studio (in collaboration with RyukyuTextile ), offers a 5-day kudzu-fu workshop for weavers, dyers and textile enthusiasts. As a part of the workshop, participants will be involved in and experience the entire process of kudzu-fu production – starting with the history, moving on to harvesting the kudzu, boiling the vines and natural dyeing of threads. In the end, all participants will get to weave and take home a kudzu sampler!
Photo courtesy – Oigawa Kudzu-fu Weaving Studio, Rukyutextile.com and Tatsuhiko Murai