Natural Dyeing & Kami-Ito with Radha Pandey
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What will you learn?
In this two-session workshop, participants will learn how to make thread from paper. This traditional technique is specific to the Japanese paper tradition. I learned it from papermaker Asao Shimura years ago in the Philippines. A master papermaker, he wove fine shifu threads into garments! These threads are made from kozo papers, but can also be made using hanji. Long fibers in these papers make them suitable for converting into thread.
In the first session, we will dye some papers for our threads, and I will show everyone a demonstration of how to prep your paper for the treatment in the following session.
In the second session, we will cut our sheets and turn them into thread! This magical transformation takes some time and some elbow grease. This class will cover all the steps from beginning to end, but will not cover spinning or weaving.
This is a make-along workshop, though students are welcome to watch the demos and ask questions during the sessions and make their projects at a later time. Students will have access to the workshop recordings and can reach out to Radha for questions for 4 weeks after the workshop is over.
There is no kit available for this class.
What is the duration of the class?
This class is two 2 hour-long sessions
Session 1: June 11, 8am-10am PDT (California) | 5–7pm CEST (Norway)
Session 2: June 18, 8am-10am PDT (California) | 5–7pm CEST (Norway)
Note: This class will be recorded and the recording will be available to participants for 4 weeks after the class.
After 4 weeks, the recording will be made available for purchase via this website.
What is the fee and class size?
The fee for this workshop is $190
BIPOC Application Period: March 3–10 (winners notified Sat March 11). Fill out the Application Form.
General Registration Opens: Sunday March 12, 9am PDT. Registration closes March 31st.
Space is limited to 12 participants of which 3 spots are reserved for self-identified people of colour.
What materials do I need to participate?
There is no materials kit available for this class. Materials should be easy to find and source locally, but if you need help with anything on the list, please reach out to the instructor.
For Session 1:
A4 sized kozo or hanji to dye
Kitchen scraps for dye (like flaky onion skins, dried marigold flowers or chamomile, tea bags, pomegranate skins, avocado skins and pits. All these will have to be soaked overnight before the start of class in a steel or enamel stock pot).
Steel pot/enamel pot
Wooden stirrers/chopsticks/plastic spoons
Plastic containers for dye and alum storage
2 Animal hair brushes (3” wide is good)
A burner to warm up your dye
A work surface that can be stained (I use a plexiglas sheet. You can also cover your table with plastic sheeting)
Place to hang or lay your wet, dyed sheets
A couple cloth towels or rag
For Session 2:
Water bottle mister (mister preferred over sprayer)
x-acto knife + extra blades
Metal ruler with mm markings
Cinder block / rough hewn wood block/ garden paving stone (we will use this to roll our paper threads)
Empty spool if you have it, or a chopstick to wrap your thread when you’re done.