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Blue and white is a much-loved colour combination amongst artisans around the world, and traditional blue and white Shibori dyeing is enjoying a revival.

The Japanese art of Shibori – pleating then tying fabric and dyeing it, can create amazing patterns which are revealed when the fabric is untied. The process can be a simple tie and dye, or quite complex depending on the tying techniques used. The natural indigo dye gives an intense colour, unmatched by synthetic dyes. It is the blue of traditional Japanese farm clothing, where the strengthening effect of the dye and its slight insect repellent qualities meant durability and beauty combined.

Shuji and Alison Yamazaki have been bringing Japanese textiles to Australian craft lovers since 1996. Wabi-Sabi Designs are specialists in Japanese fabrics. Enjoy their display of shibori techniques and textile items at the fair and get to know the secrets of working with the beauty of natural Japanese indigo.

The class covers many of the forms of shibori or resist techniques you can use to make pattern – scrunching, binding, tying, folding and clamping. One of the most exciting is the very traditional sekka or ‘snowflake’ pattern, rarely taught. Shuji cuts all the resists himself to achieve the best result. There is an extraordinary range of effects which can be achieved from this family of techniques and people are often amazed at how quickly they can start to get great effects.

SPECIAL TWO-HOUR CLASS

Join Shuji from Wabi-Sabi Designs at 2pm in a Make & Take session each day at the fair.dyeing-2
Learn to create your own original homewares, give new life to tired whites, or transform
plain fabric into a designer textile. The class includes two Japanese sarashi cotton
scarves and a handkerchief. Other material will be available for purchase. Kit cost $50.
Book at stand D12.

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