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Introduction to Katazome: The Art of an Indigo Resist Paste

  • 26 Jun 2024
  • 27 Jun 2024
  • 2 sessions
  • 26 Jun 2024, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • 27 Jun 2024, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (EDT)
  • 408 Depot St Asheville, NC
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Katazome is a Japanese stencil dyeing technique. It is a rice flour resist paste. And it is a unique and fairly old process used to dye cloth. This dyeing technique utilizes natural materials – paper, rice paste and indigo. Katazome means ‘repeat dyeing”, referring to the use of a stencil to create a repetitive pattern. Traditional Katazome designs feature natural motifs, such as flowers and birds

We will spend the first day learning how Katazome is made. And then we will create patterns onto fabric. You are encouraged to bring natural fiber clothing or cloth from home. Each person can bring up to 4 items. We should have plenty of materials. I will also provide white fabric from upcycled cotton sheets to practice on. 

We will use stencils and kitchen spatulas to apply the kataxome paste onto the fabric. And then it needs to dry overnight. So we will resume the following day to dye our clothes/cloth. 

Day 2, I will mix up an indigo vat which you all are encouraged to participate in. We will mix up a new vat so you can see the process. And I will have a ready-made vat too so we can jump right in. I will have disposable gloves available for some easy indigo dyeing. But if you would like to bring more sturdy gloves, there’s a better chance you won’t become blue. 

By the end of day 2, you will be able to take home your items. We will wash and spin them enough to transport them home. But you will want to wash them again at home. 

Level: Beginner

Instructor: Jennifer Woodruff (Read Jennifer's bio)

Class priced to reflect 20% Summer Series Discount!

Members: $80

Non-members: Non-members $96

Materials fee: $15 (to be collected day of class)

Materials provided by instructor: All materials for dyeing, stencils, practice material

Student should bring: Bring up to four white clothes/sheets/fabric, etc from home. As long as the material is made of a natural fiber: cotton, linen, wool (fabric), silk, etc

Optional: Katazome kits will also be available for sale for $50. These kits include ingredients for making Katazome, tea towel, stencil, spatula, and ingredients for a small indigo vat. These kits are not required for the class but an option to take home the materials to keep honing your skills!

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