Spring 2019 Japanese Textile Workshop in Japan

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Spring 2019 Japanese Textile Workshop in Japan

from 895.00


Join Debbie Maddy of Calico Carriage Quilts and me in the Spring  of 2019  for a 10 day Japanese Textile Workshop in Japan

May 13-24, 2019

Immerse yourself in an old Japanese textile tradition and experience Japan's ultramodern capital on this tour and retreat

Located in the beautiful mountain village of Fujino, just outside of Tokyo, this 10 Day Retreat is a master class introduction to Japanese textiles with a focus on indigo dyeing using shibori techniques and katazome stenciling. This workshop is perfect for designers, crafters and anyone who enjoys or wants to learn about stitching and dyeing. For those individuals considering setting up an indigo vat at home, this is an excellent opportunity to learn to make and maintain a non-fermented indigo vat. The material covered in the workshop is also a hands-on introduction to Japanese culture in general. The ideas and technical approaches to textile work share the same ethics and standards as Japanese artistic disciplines. 

Everyone will need to fly into Tokyo on May 12th. We'll hit the ground running on our first day in Tokyo with a guided walking tour exploring Japanese aesthetics through the city's architecture and design, both old and new.

After exploring Tokyo we will travel by train to a verdant village outside the city for an intensive indigo-dyeing workshop and cultural retreat. Our host and teacher has lived in Japan for over two decades and is an expert in Japanese textile crafts. We will stay at his 150-year-old silk-farming house where we'll learn about indigo dyeing using the Japanese techniques of shibori (resist) and katazome (stencil) dyeing. We'll also enjoy delicious home-cooked Japanese meals and unique cultural experiences.


  • Immersive, multi-day, hands-on introduction to the ancient Japanese tradition of indigo-dyeing using shibori and katazome dyeing techniques (You will come home with many completed projects!)
  • Day-trip to visit the workshop of an esteemed sixth-generation katazome dyer


  • An ikebana flower arranging workshop
  • An introduction to traditional Japanese tea ceremony
  • Hiking in the lush hills around the village
  • Visit a traditional Japanese onsen
  • Delicious home-cooked Japanese meals in addition to eating at local restaurants

Two days in Tokyo + ten days in Fujino    438,500 JPY.

In today's market that is $3893.38 but it will be calculated when we go.

That number can change up or down.



Fee includes:

  •  *All fees for the workshops including materials. 
  •  *two nights in Tokyo hotel, double occupancy
  • *ten nights accommodation at the farmhouse, double occupancy.
  • *All breakfasts.
  • *All transportation in Japan. From the time we meet until and including the return train tickets back to Tokyo station on day ten. Including excursions Tokyo.
  • *Folkcraft Museum Entrance fee.
  •  *Cost of Indigo workshop in Hachioji.
  • *Hot Spring entrance Fees.


*International airfare

 *Travel Insurance

*Meals in Tokyo: Bryan will take us to reasonably priced restaurants in the city.

*Restaurant meals except for welcome dinner. Some dinners will be decided on that particular day according to how we feel. Dinners in are covered. Dinners out are not covered. All restaurants will be reasonably priced.

  • $1000 Deposit to Secure your space 2/1/18-5/31/18)
  • $1000 payment #2: June 1, 2018
  • $1000 payment #3 Oct 1, 2018
  • Final payment: Feb 1, 2019
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