Magic of Ryukyu Ai Presentation

Magic of Ryukyu Ai Presentation

Ryukyu Ai (indigo) is one of my most favorite natural dyes. So, I was thrilled to be invited to speak about the “The Magic of Ryukyu Ai” on Friday, October 26, at 7:00 pm.  My presentation is sponsored by Okinawa Arts Research Studies World Scene in Austin, TX USA. The event will include an overview […]

Kasuri (Ikat) Handweaving Workshop

Kasuri (Ikat) Handweaving Workshop

It was such a pleasure to teach an Introduction to Kasuri (ikat) Weaving workshop last week.  The workshop was sponsored by the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin (WSSA), and was attended by participants from various locations around the State of Texas, USA. The workshop covered the workflow process that I published in the Complex […]

Ryukyu Textiles Presentation

Ryukyu Textiles Presentation

I’m so pleased to serve as the guest speaker at the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin (WSSA), Texas USA meeting on Thurs., October 11, 2018 at 7 pm. My presentation is entitled “Weaving and Dyeing in the Colorful Spirit of an Ancient Craft”. The highlights of the presentation include an overview of the textile […]

Our Undyeing Passion for Indigo – Presentation & Exhibit

Our Undyeing Passion for Indigo – Presentation & Exhibit

It’s spring.  So, there has been a flurry of Ryukyu Ai (indigo) activity… well there’s the indigo harvesting, running vat trials on this season’s harvest, fresh leaf indigo natural dyeing and eco-printing, teaching indigo workshops, participating in indigo art exhibitions…well…you get the point, i’m sure. The nice part of “singing the blues” in your life […]

Chanpuru

Chanpuru means “mixed” in the Uchina Guchi language of Okinawa.  Chanpuru is used to describe many aspects of the Okinawan culture including its textile culture. Ryukyu Kasuri is a good example.  Ryukyu Kasuri originated in the Ryukyu Islands during the Ryukyu Kingdom period in the 14th century.  It is believed that the Ryukyu Islanders learned […]