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Obōshi & Other Ground-Resist Strategies in Shibori, Day 1 of 2

November 4, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A Hybrid Workshop Broadcast from Arimatsu, Japan: Two Saturdays

Hiroshi Murase, Instructor and Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Instructor-Moderator

Saturday, Nov 4, 2023, 17:30 – 20:30 PST (Sunday, Nov 5, 9:30-12:30 JST) & Saturday, Nov 18, 15:00-18:00 PST (Sunday, Nov 19, 7 – 10 JST)

LIVE Location: Suzusan Studios, Arimatsu Japan

REMOTE: Online via Zoom. The ZOOM LINK for remote students will arrive in the registration confirmation email.

Workshop fee: $375 general / $360 WSNF members for both days

WSNF Members: DISCOUNT CODE available on the WSNF membership dashboard. 

Join us, to learn Obōshi and other ground-resist strategies used in Shibori. Hiroshi Murase, master shibori artisan, and Yoshiko I. Wada will be your instructors. Murase-san will share many ingenious strategies and designs and also encourage students’ creative interpretations and expression. This experience will heighten your ability to design your own hand-dyed textile masterpieces.

Day 1, 11/4: Instruction and practice. Your instructors will show you how to use workshop materials to achieve various ground-resist shapes. They will introduce you to the various tools and materials for ground-resist and how to use them.

Day 2, 11/19: Show & tell and Q&A with your instructors and other participants. You will have two weeks between workshop sessions to practice and experiment with the ground-resist methods you learn and incorporate them into your shibori designs and creations.

Shibori artisan tools we will use: Shibori stand, shibori bobbin, and cotton binding thread. 

Included in the workshop fee:

  • Two 3-hour sessions
  • Complimentary streaming of the workshop recordings at SlowFiberTV will be available for 90 days after the workshop recordings become available. A link and code for free streaming will be emailed to you.
  • History & technical information documents
  • You will receive a 10% discount for all workshop materials purchased at our Shop.



  • Shibori stand 
  • Work table and C-clamp to clamp your shibori stand.
  • Small thread clippers/scissors or seam ripper. (Shop has 2 thread clippers.)
  • 100% cotton, light fabric (Available at our shop: Cotton lawn bandana, scarf, tenugui blank)
  • Thread for binding–strong but not thick. 
  • Needles for thread
  • Plastic or vinyl sheet for capping–heavy freezer bags, plastic sold for tablecloths
  • Lightweight paper to line the plastic
  • Newspaper to serve as core
  • Indigo or other dye vat. Natural Indigo Paste and instructions for vat preparation are on this shopping page.
  • Gloves, drying rack, access to water.


Contact programs[at]shibori.org with any questions.

Artist Bio: Hiroshi Murase was born 4th generation into a textile family of shibori-stencil pattern making artisans in the traditional shibori production center of Arimatsu / Narumi. He has been deeply rooted in the art of shibori his whole life and well-versed in a wide range of shibori techniques. An internationally respected artisan and an enterprising designer, he has more than 40 years experience in the textile field. Currently, Murase is the chairman of the acclaimed Suzusan Corporation. Having assumed the reins of the family business in 1971, Hiroshi Murase is widely credited for the “Suzusan innovation” due to his passion and experience.

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada has co-authored, Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing, and is also author of Memory on Cloth: Shibori Now. She is an internationally recognized textile artist, scholar, and curator. She is the founder of World Shibori Network (est. 1992) and Slow Fiber Studio (est. 2008). More


November 4, 2023
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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