Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.
2021 has been a transformative year for the World Shibori Network integrating into the virtual world in pursuit of continuing to unite our cross-cultural international community through conversations of cloth and sharing the authentic voices of master shibori and indigo artisans. Together with Yoshiko I. Wada, president of WSN and Hiroshi Murase, a 5th generation Master Arimatsu shibori artisan, have developed new workshops and updated shibori tools, through the Slow Fiber Studios.
WSN is excited to announce Arimatsu Narumi Shibori: Celebrating 400 years of Japanese Artisan Design DVD is now available to purchase or rent by streaming on Vimeo. The 2013 film was produced and narrated by Wada, is a comprehensive overview of traditional Japanese shibori techniques from the Arimatsu area featuring technical demonstrations by local master artisans. Covering the techniques of six styles of hand-knotting (kanoko, miura, and te-kumo variations), stitching (nui-shibori variations), pleating (tesuji, tatsumaki, and other variations), and fold-and-clamp methods (sekka, itajime). Film includes Murase, featuring his shibori expertise and processes.
In addition, Wada and Murase, have developed 6 series shibori foundational workshops as part of the Slow Fiber Studios Hybrid Workshop program, covering Kumo, Miura, Kanoko, the variations and adaptations of shibori innovations, including historical and cultural background. All workshops are taught by Murase, in Japan, while Wada facilitates from the SFS Annex in California. The program started last month & all courses will also be offered next year in 2022.
STREAMING AVAILABLE on VIMEO LINK