Experience

Why not experience one of the techniques we use at our factory? You may choose one experience type per tour.

 

Shibori Dyeing

 
Shibori is a traditional dyeing technique first used in the Nara Period (ad 710-794). There are many different methods of shibori. We offer an experience of makiage shibori, a common stich-resist technique. Handwork is fundamental to our craft, and our artisans are particularly skilled in shibori dyeing techniques. We hope you enjoy how each shibori dye is unique.
Cost ¥3,500
Length Around 60 minutes (in addition to the tour)
Item Handkerchief
Collection Item will be ready to take home on the day
Process
  1. Stich along the guideline drawn on the fabric
  2. Pull the thread to bind the fabric
  3. Submerge in the dye
  4. After drying remove the thread, and then iron
 
 

Suri-yuzen Dyeing

 
Yuzen techniques usually involve either hand painting or screen printing. Suri-yuzen, which uses a brush and stencil, resembles the latter. The dye is applied – one stencil at a time – directly onto the fabric using a circular brush. It can require dozens of stencils to dye one kimono because each can only be used with one color. With this mini suri-yuzen experience you can try dyeing with a small number of colors using the templates we have available.
Cost ¥3,500
Length Around 60 minutes (in addition to the tour)
Item Handkerchief
Collection Item will be sent to you by post
Process
  1. Align the stencil to the fabric, which is fixed to the table
  2. Brush in a circular motion to dye the fabric
  3. Repeat using a different stencil for each colour
  4. Add your initials to the finished product
 
 

Yuzen Hand Painting

 
Hand painting tsumugi fabric after shibori dyeing is a process typical of the Aoyagi factory. We’ll create either a cushion or tablecloth from your work, and send it to your address for you to enjoy at home. This experience uses Aoyagi’s own brand of Akajyo Tsumugi fabric, which we’ve dyed using koboushi shibori leaving white areas for you to paint in the shapes of the animals of the Chinese zodiac. We hope you enjoy the adorability of the finished item.
Cost ¥11,000
Length Around 60 minutes (in addition to the tour)
Item Cushion or tablecloth
Collection Item will be sent to you by post
Process
  1. Choose either the cushion or tablecloth template
  2. Fix the material in place on the table
  3. Brush dye on the white areas one part at a time
 

Tour Schedule Calendar

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