World Shibori Network

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

General

We get a lot of the same questions in our InBoxes. Mostly, they have to do with traveling to Japan (where to go? what to see?), acquiring shibori tools, or information about any upcoming classes. Hopefully this page will answer what’s on your mind. We will continually update this page. Remember to check back.

Classes?

Q: Are there any upcoming shibori classes or study programs? I’d love to learn more.

A: For upcoming classes taught by an array of respected shibori and textile artists, check our blog. Members of our shibori community often send in their announcements to us, which we happily post. For specialized study tour programs, visit Slow Fiber Studios website or Natural Dye Workshop.

Shibori Practice?

Q: I’ve been looking for shibori tools. Do you have any I can purchase or know where I might find them?

A: Occasionally, Yoshiko will hand-carry some after a trip to Japan. If she happens to have some available, they will be on offer through the Slow Fiber Studios Shop (or, if limited, exclusively to WSN web members).

Shibori Resources?

Q: I am eager to learn more about current day production of shibori in Japan, do you happen to know of any resources on places to visit and people to meet? 

A: When it comes to questions about resources and contacts in Japan, World Shibori Network encourages one to have a good foundation of material and technical knowledge before beginning the process of sourcing, research and production of shibori.

To get a more personalized answer, we suggest you email info[at]shibori[dot]org with the following information. 
  • CV
  • Phone number
  • Brief bio of who you are
  • Your business information, and names of your partners
  • URL to any affiliated websites of your work or your portfolio
  • Description of the type of resources you are looking for. (how many? quantity of fabric, etc…)
In your email, we also encourage you to answer the following questions:
  • Are you familiar with the various types of shibori?
  • Is there a specific technique you are interested in?
  • Have you ever taken a shibori class?
  • Why are you interested in using shibori specifically?
  • Have you worked with artisans before?
  • Have you visited Japan previously?

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