June – July 2018

The 11th International Shibori Symposium (11 ISS) spans three regions of Japan, connecting the contemporary art and fashion hub of Tōkyō, traditional shibori and design centers in Nagoya, and rural folk traditions in Yonezawa and Yamagata.

The symposium explores their shared legacies of craft and local industry:
紅花・藍・絞 - Safflower, Indigo, Shibori.



Registration Packages

Packages include symposium registration, accommodations, transport between regions and venues, and some meals.

Full Symposium Nagoya, Tōkyō, Yonezawa & Yamagata
27 June – 10 July

First Half Nagoya & Tōkyō
27 June – 04 July

Second Half Yonezawa & Yamagata
03 July – 10 July

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Pre-symposium Add-ons

Inland Sea & Kyōto Tour 21 June - 27 June

Kyōto Tour 21 June - 27 June

Arimatsu 1-Day Workshops 27 June

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Visit ten exhibitions specially organized by and for the International Shibori Symposium, plus excursions to museums in all three regions to view craft traditions and contemporary art.

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Plenary sessions focus on how global and regional trade influences craft, from the spread of resist-dyeing techniques over the Silk Road to sashiko’s origin in the rag trade of the Japanese archipelago.

Workshops & Demonstrations

Enter the fields of Yamagata for early morning safflower gathering and process your harvest into beni-mochi dye cakes. Take focused half-day workshops with artisans in Arimatsu and Yonezawa in their family studios.


Call For Entry

Kimono Inspiration Challenge

Try your hand at kimono production and inspire the Arimatsu shibori community! Undertake this challenge to create a fresh and unique yukata just in time for the summer season.

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Shibori Mini

Shibori thrives under constraint. Here, international artists showcase their talents in miniature, confined to a 30x30x30cm space.

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New Beat: International Student Competition

Students across the globe present innovative 2D and 3D art inspired by material manipulation and cutting-edge technical application, pushing the boundaries of contemporary art further into the future.

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Nagoya & Yamagata Pop-up Shops (coming soon)


15x20 Pechakucha (coming soon)