Two Japanese Natural Dyes
Yoko Kano with Kazuho Kano
September 14, 15 (Fri, Sat) 10am–4pm
Maiwa East, 1310 Odlum, Vancouver, Canada
This workshop introduces students to two natural dyes from the Far East: kakishibu, made from fermented persimmon juice, gives a rusty brown; bengara, a mineral earth pigment obtained through a specialized process of baking oxide-rich soil, gives a range of reds that have been used in paints, lacquers, and dyes. Bengara was used to protect wood in much the same way that the French used woad. Both kakishibu and bengara are regional dyes that may be found within a short distance of Katsuyama.
In this workshop students will work with natural fibres, immersion dyeing, and a post-mordant. Students will learn the history and personality of the dyes and explore traditional designs.