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 Indigo, shibori, katazome, kumihimo.  These are a few of the words that began to have meaning shortly after I arrived at Bryan Whitehead's farmhouse in Fujino, Japan.  I returned home with many lovely samples of these techniques, and a strong interest in learning more. After indigo, dyeing fibers with natural dyes such as onion skins, madder and cutch seemed like a logical next step.

Hand sewn Japanese hanten jackets
Hand sewn Japanese hanten jackets

Indigo dyed, stenciled, hand sewn work jackets made at Bryan Whitehead's Japanese Textile Workshop

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Hand sewn Japanese hanten jacket
Hand sewn Japanese hanten jacket

Indigo dyed, stenciled, hand sewn work jackets made at Bryan Whitehead's Japanese Textile Workshop

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Hand sewn Japanese hanten jackets
Hand sewn Japanese hanten jackets

Indigo dyed, stenciled, hand sewn work jackets made at Bryan Whitehead's Japanese Textile Workshop

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Lining - Japanese hanten jacket
Lining - Japanese hanten jacket

Lining of hanten jacket indigo dyed in mokume shibori pattern

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Lining - Japanese hanten jacket
Lining - Japanese hanten jacket

Lining of hanten jacket indigo dyed in mokume shibori pattern

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Vintage handwoven sheet
Vintage handwoven sheet

Vintage French linen sheet before indigo dyeing.

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Indigo dyed crest
Indigo dyed crest

Linen dyed with indigo using handcut stencil and rice paste resist

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Handcut stencil
Handcut stencil
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Indigo dyed fabric
Indigo dyed fabric

Fabric dyed using handcut stencil, rice paste resist and indigo

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Boro scarf
Boro scarf

Scraps of indigo and kakishibu dyed fabrics pieced and stitched

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Indigo quilt
Indigo quilt

Fabric dyed at Bryan Whitehead's Japanese Textile Workshop course

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Indigo dyed shibori
Indigo dyed shibori

Dyed at Bryan Whitehead's Japanese Textile Workshop course

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Mokume shibori
Mokume shibori

Dyed at Bryan Whitehead's Japanese Textile Workshop course

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Mokume shibori preparation
Mokume shibori preparation

Handsewn cloth for mokume (wood grain) shibori

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Mokume shibori preparation
Mokume shibori preparation

Handsewn cloth for mokume (wood grain) shibori

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Hand dyed linen
Hand dyed linen

Fabric woven with hand dyed indigo linen

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Hand dyed linen
Hand dyed linen

Fabric woven with indigo dyed linen yarn

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Stab binding and case
Stab binding and case

From 2 day workshop with Steph Rue on East Asian stab binding techniques

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Kumihimo braids
Kumihimo braids

Woven on a Japanese marudi with eight bobbins

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Hand spun, hand dyed yarn
Hand spun, hand dyed yarn

Dyed with hisbiscus flowers, onion skin, madder and cutch powder

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Hand dyed, hand woven blanket
Hand dyed, hand woven blanket

Blanket woven from hand spun wool dyed with natural dyes

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