The Colorful Spirit of an Ancient Craft

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I’m looking forward to presenting “Weaving and Dyeing in the Colorful Spirit of an Ancient Craft” on Sat., March 14, 11 am – 2 pm, at the Anchorage Museum of Fine Arts, Anchorage, Alaska as part of the Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild meeting.

Synopsis:

Handweaving and hand-dyeing textiles with natural materials and botanicals, including indigo, has been practiced in the tropical islands of Okinawa, Japan since the 14th century.  Let’s take a journey and explore the colorful nature of these textiles, and learn how one fiber artist works to keep the ancient crafts in her family heritage alive while exploring new avenues in the application of these ancient techniques.

Key Topics:

  • Okinawan Weaving, Natural Dyeing, and Handspinning;
  • Ryukyu Ai Indigo Dyeing;
  • Shuri Ori, Bashofu, Ryukyu Kasuri and Bingata Textiles; and,
  • Botanical Printing.

We look forward to seeing you there!  My best, Scharine

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