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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

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

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

Lining - Japanese hanten jacket
Lining - Japanese hanten jacket

Lining of hanten jacket indigo dyed in mokume shibori pattern

Lining - Japanese hanten jacket
Lining - Japanese hanten jacket

Lining of hanten jacket indigo dyed in mokume shibori pattern

Vintage handwoven sheet
Vintage handwoven sheet

Vintage French linen sheet before indigo dyeing.

Indigo dyed crest
Indigo dyed crest

Linen dyed with indigo using handcut stencil and rice paste resist

Handcut stencil
Handcut stencil
Indigo dyed fabric
Indigo dyed fabric

Fabric dyed using handcut stencil, rice paste resist and indigo

Boro scarf
Boro scarf

Scraps of indigo and kakishibu dyed fabrics pieced and stitched

Indigo quilt
Indigo quilt

Fabric dyed at Bryan Whitehead's Japanese Textile Workshop course

Indigo dyed shibori
Indigo dyed shibori

Dyed at Bryan Whitehead's Japanese Textile Workshop course

Mokume shibori
Mokume shibori

Dyed at Bryan Whitehead's Japanese Textile Workshop course

Mokume shibori preparation
Mokume shibori preparation

Handsewn cloth for mokume (wood grain) shibori

Mokume shibori preparation
Mokume shibori preparation

Handsewn cloth for mokume (wood grain) shibori

Hand dyed linen
Hand dyed linen

Fabric woven with hand dyed indigo linen

Hand dyed linen
Hand dyed linen

Fabric woven with indigo dyed linen yarn

Stab binding and case
Stab binding and case

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

Kumihimo braids
Kumihimo braids

Woven on a Japanese marudi with eight bobbins

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

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

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

Blanket woven from hand spun wool dyed with natural dyes