The cover of Yoshiko Wada’s book “Shibori: Now” displays work by Jan Morris. This book and another book by Wada (Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing) are the most important books on the historical and practical practice of the Japanese creation of shaped-resist patterns on cloth. These books discuss the way fabric can be “tied, clamped, folded, or held back during dyeing, to keep some areas from taking color.”
Jan Morris recently offered a class on Arashi Shibori through Botanical Colors in Seattle. Botanical Colors, owned by Kathy Hattori, sells natural dyes and accessories.
Hattori invited Morris to run a workshop in the Sunset Hills, Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Jan Morris, in this excellent workshop, taught 12 students the practicalities of making a variety of indigo dye pots, and techniques for different types of Arashi Shibori and Karamatsu Shibori. Working on five hot days, the students learned to wrap fabric on PVA piping in a technically correct manner to produce a variety of designs.
The way the fabric was wrapped and re-wrapped produced a variety of designs. Fabric samples were dipped in the different indigo dyes, numerous times, unwrapped and washed to unveil magnificent designs.
The class also learned to tie samples to make Karamatsu Shibori. Incorporated with the Arashi Shibori, beautiful designs were produced by the students.
Apparently Jan Morris will be returning in a few years to teach with Botanical Colors again. The class, in August, was full with a waiting list. There were twelve lucky participants from across the US. An interested student of surface design should get on the Botanical Colors mailing list for this class and others. Meanwhile, the books are a wonderful source of inspiration for the student of shaped-resist dyeing.