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Shibori Workshop

  • Maker's Loft 308 13th Street Oakland CA 94612 USA (map)

Shibori is the Japanese technique for embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. The word comes from the verb root shiboru, “to wring, squeeze, press.” Rather than treating cloth as a two-dimensional surface, with shibori it is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking and twisting to create beautiful organic dye patterns.

We invite you to come try this ancient Japanese technique by upcycling your old clothes. At this workshop our badass instructors Xela and Rachelle will teach the different types of folding and twisting patterns. Each student will have the opportunity to dye (up to) two white garments like T-shirts/jeans/button down/socks/undies. It’s important that the garments you bring to dye are close to 100% cotton/linen. The dye works best and last the longest on natural fabrics. 

The process of shibori is magical. When working with shibori material you will be given the freedom to to fully express yourself while discovery challenges and changes along the way. After learning new patterns and how to work with the indigo dye we guarantee you will walk away a shibori upcycling maniac.  

Things to prepare for: 

-Dress for a mess

-Bring your two white garments 

-If you don't have pieces to bring you're welcome to shop our pop-up shop which will be open 1 hour before the workshop begins

- Eat Lunch before

-After the workshop you're welcome to hangout while your pieces dry. If you need to leave right away we will give you a bag so you can take them home to dry

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