Arimatsu Narumi Shibori: Celebrating 400 Years of Japanese Artisan Design
Learn Shibori (Japanese resist dyeing) from start to finish. Detailed recordings of each step, including designing and stenciling, dyeing and drying, thread removal and steam finishing. Demonstrations on cotton and silk fabrics, by master Shibori artists from Japan.
In 1604 a group of Japanese textile artists settled in the fishing villages of Arimatsu and Narumi in Aichi Prefecture. Using implements they created by hand, they developed a unique way of patterning resist imagery on cloth. Their masterful skills soon became known across Japan and their fabrics were sought out for wearables, home furnishings and many other applications. Join us on this adventure into Japanese resist dyeing or tie dye as we explore the villages of Arimatsu and Narumi along the Tokkaido or Old Road.
Techniques include six styles of hand-knotting (kanoko, miura, and te-kumo variations), stitching (nui-shibori variations), pleating (tesuji, tatsumaki, and other variations), and fold-and-clamp methods (sekka, itajime). In addition, the film covers several techniques for machine-aided shibori and sekka dyeing. A wonderful foundation for understanding traditional Japanese stitch and clamp resist and tie and dye.
About the Artists
The Guild of Arimatsu- Shibori Artisans is one of the oldest surviving art guilds in the world today. For centuries these artists have acted as a collective producing textiles for sale. Their work not only decorates many modern homes but as well they have produced textiles and provided instruction and method interpretation for ballet and opera wardrobe artists as well as famous New York and Tokyo design houses.
About the Director
Andrew Galli is the Director of this film which was shot entirely on location in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, with the support of Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, who acted as a technical advisor, under the guidance of Kozo Takeda, 15th Generation descendant of a founder of Arimatsu Village (whose home and gardens are featured in the film).
Hiroshi Murase coordinated production.