Located along the historic old Tōkaidō route, Nagoya is home to Arimatsu-Narumi, a neighborhood with over 400 years of history practicing traditional Japanese shibori and indigo dyeing.
Changes in recent decades including technological and industrial development, shifting consumer markets, and rising concerns about environmental impact and cultural identity have prompted artisans, producers, designers, and artists to reevaluate the way they practice and sustain their crafts. Workshops, presentations, and discussion panels with local and international luminaries will focus on these globally relevant themes. Pop-up shops open for registrant participation will showcase our creative variety and encourage the interchange of ideas.
Out on the streets, we’ll roam the historical neighborhood of Arimatsu to view artisan demonstrations of traditional techniques, visit modern boutiques reinventing shibori goods for the 21st century, and learn from this incredibly innovative community. You can extend your experience in Arimatsu by adding a 1-day or ½-day workshop to your schedule.
In the wider Nagoya area, we’ll conduct a bus tour visiting symposium exhibitions including displays of rare arashi-shibori at the Nagoya City Museum, 1400 year-old textile fragments from Tang Dynasty China at the Furukawa Art Museum, and a special exhibition of Hiroko Ando’s regional folk shibori collection from Kyūshū and Tōhoku at Honmaru Palace in Nagoya Castle.
The modern capital of Japan, Tōkyō's dense cosmopolitan metropolis fosters technological innovation and hosts some of the country's top fashion designers and contemporary artists.
We gather at the museum of one of Japan’s leading art universities to celebrate international creativity in resist dyeing, dimensional transformation, and hand processes. View a dynamic exhibition of international contemporary shibori and inspired works at the Tama Art University Museum and connect with artists, designers, educators, and scholars.
Take advantage of your time in the capital to visit the flagship stores of world-famous designers including Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, or Rei Kawakubo; stop in at the Nuno store founded by Jun’ichi Arai and succeeded by Reiko Sudo; or enjoy a few of its myriad museums, including the permanent Boro exhibition at the Amuse Museum, the Japan Folk Art Museum, the Mori Museum, Design Sight 21:21, the National Art Center, Tokyo National Museum, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Shopping for fabric in Tokyo is a quilters’ and clothing designers’ dream at stores like Nippori Textile Town, Yuzawaya, or Okadaya.
Yonezawa & Yamagata
Situated in the northeastern Tōhoku region famed for its folk traditions and natural beauty, Yonezawa and Yamagata boast fields of beni-bana safflower ready for a summer harvest.
Learn the history and applications of this precious red and pink dyestuff firsthand in the heartland of the Japanese safflower industry. Join Dr. Kazuki Yamazaki at the Tohoku University of Art and Design for an early-morning workshop picking safflower grown as a part of their field-to-fiber student program and learn how to process your harvest into beni-mochi dye patties.
We'll explore several other enduring folk traditions including the many variations of sashiko quilting and stitching, tattered and mended indigo-dyed boro textiles, production of bast fibers such as wisteria, nettle, and hemp, and silk tsumugi weaving. Workshops will be conducted at various family studios, and an excursion to Tsuruoka will round out the region’s historical and cultural context.
In addition, you’ll have two nights to relax and savor the authentic Japanese experience of a traditional inn’s hospitality and hot springs.