Selective De-gumming on Raw Silk & Shibori Melt-Off Techniques

Selective De-gumming on Raw Silk & Shibori Melt-Off Techniques


Degumming  You will receive 1 organza scarf and a  3 piece of organza for practice. You may also bring your own Raw Silk Organza. for this class materials will be ordered from

Melt-Off Shibori Techniques

Junichi Arai is a risk-taker and a rule-breaker. Over the past 50 years, the Japanese fiber artist has consistently pushed his work to the edge, developing new processes by combining traditional and high-tech materials and processes and then breaking the perceived rules to explore untested possibilities. He has received 36 patents for his innovative processes, mostly for new types of textiles that use gold and silver fibers in slit-film yarn. He has also used existing technologies such as heat-setting and burn-out to create new and original effects.

In this workshop, We will be using shibori resist methods to create designs on silver or gold lame fabric. This fabric is woven with a combination of metallic threads and semi clean nylon threads. After folding and clamping or scrunching and binding the fabric, it will be immersed in a hot bath that will literally melt off the metallic threads not enclosed in the clamps. It will be rinsed thoroughly and then dipped in a dye to color the nylon threads. This is a very toxic method and will be done outdoors. Please bring a protective mask or respirator with filters and gloves.

(photo from Junichi Arai exhibit)


Beginner and intermediate

MATERIALS: Materials fee ($25.00)

Class includes Organza Fabric Samples and (1) Organza Silk Scarf- Additional Scarves may be purchased from studio

1 sample sized piece of lame will be provided

You may bring your own Raw Silk Organza (100% silk ONLY)

Scarves or yardage are acceptable (Thai Silk has nice Silk Organza)

Lame fabric- 1 yard- please bring Lame for this technique


  • a pair of new rubber gloves

  • a seam-picker or small pair of sharp scissors

  • an old shirt or apron – and please wear old clothes

  • closed-toe shoes

  • lunch


Coffee is available from 9.45am. Workshop starts at 10am and finishes at 3:30 pm with a break during the day for lunch

Workshop Cost: $140/ person

                            Limit 12 students

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