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Shibori, Makiage and Guntai Day

with Romor Designs

Sat 11 February 2023
10:30 am
- 4:30 pm


Romor Designs welcomes you to a creative day exploring some of the most well-known practises in Japanese haberdashery.

Morning (3 hours) – Beginner’s stitching and binding class with indigo dyeing

In this class, suitable for complete beginners, you will learn basic shibori stitching and binding techniques before dyeing your work in the indigo vat. You’ll master the following stitching and binding skills and learn all about indigo:

  • The basic kamosage knot used to secure all bound work
  • How to make the kumo (spiderweb), bai (seashell), and ne maki (wrapped beads) patterns using binding
  • The three basic stitches – nui (running stitch), ori nui (teeth) and maki nui (twist stitch)
  • How to make larger patterns using variations of these binding methods
  • Other patterns such as Karamatsu (larch) and Mokume (woodgrain) will be presented if time permits
  • How to dye your fabrics in a genuine indigo vat
  • Instructions on how to create and maintain your own indigo vat at home will be provided.

Afternoon (3 hours) – Makiage and Guntai Shibori – using stitching and binding together to make shapes and patterns with indigo dyeing

Guntai and makiage shibori are two traditional shibori techniques that combine stitching and binding together. Guntai was also known as military shibori, because it was often used in regimented patterns to decorate Samurai clothing. Makiage patterns are characterised by crisp outlines with a bound centre whereas Guntai shapes are bound side to side.

Both techniques offer a wide range of design possibilities, especially when the patterns are repeated.

In this class, you will learn Shibori stitching and binding techniques, in combination and how to dye your fabrics with indigo. You will be shown many examples to practice in the class and make your own patterns.

The Workshop Leader

London-based Romor Designs was formed in 2015 by Rob Jones, a shibori textiles designer and natural dyer.

Having discovered Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing, at West Dean college, Rob went on to study in Japan under indigo guru, Bryan Whitehead.

In 2018, Rob returned to Japan to expand his Japanese textiles skills, visiting Ise, the home of Katagami stencilling and buying supplies to set up his own teaching practice back in the UK.

He also visited the Sashiko museum in Hinohara and brought back sashiko thread and vintage textiles and is now teaching Sashiko and Boro classes as well.

Rob’s passion is in finding the new in the old, building on the tradition and centuries of skill that shibori has behind it. He believes in taking work in new directions by combining techniques and inventing his own forms.

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