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The Japanese craft of Katagami (stencil cutting) has been around for hundreds of years, with craftsmen making the most delicate and detailed patterns and representations of nature.

Katagami stencils are made from Japanese washi paper, soaked and bonded together by the juice of the Persimmon fruit and then dried and smoked to create an almost entirely waterproof paper, ideal for stencil work.

In this full day class you will learn about:

The rice paste used as a resist for all Katazome (stencilling with indigo)

How to make and maintain an indigo vat and dye with indigo

Stencilling with leaves and other found objects

Cutting your own simple stencil which you can take away with you as a souvenir

How to paste fabric for dyeing with a variety of stencils including your own, those made by the tutor and some modern Japanese stencils

How to use a persimmon paper cone to draw with paste

You will use your stencils to dye a number of samples

A white cotton tote bag to stencil as a project is included in the price

Your tutor will also explain about the history of Katagami stencilling in Japan, the four types of stencil cutting techniques and show you a number of vintage stencils, including some from the Edo and Meiji periods.

This is a full day class, 6 hours.

The class is a full day so you will need to get/bring your own lunch. We also do some work with leaves, fleshy leaves with veins that will make good impressions are best so don\'t forget to bring some with you!

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What you need

Equipment: Apron, Strong rubber gloves, plastic bag to take wet work home in

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Next class

Saturday 19 September at 10:30 to 01:00

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Cancellation Policy

You may cancel this booking up to 5 days and 0 hours in advance.

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343-344 Beck Road, London, UK

The Host

Rob has been practising Shibori since 2011. In 2014, he visited Japan to learn traditional methods from indigo guru Bryan Whitehead at his workshop in Fujino, near Tokyo. Rob uses both ancient and modern Shibori stitched, bound and clamped resist techniques to create a range of lampshades, throws, quilts, scarves and handkerchiefs working with indigo and natural dyes in a range of colours and teaches at venues around London, at West Dean College and in Exeter.

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