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featuring Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Ana Lisa Hedstrom explores Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin Dyeing on Paper and Fabric in this video workshop that combines Itajime and Origami folds and a variety of Shibori techniques with painting and dipping  the Persimmon Tannin Juice.



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1.25 Hours, English Language • 13 Videos + 2 PDFs

Learn Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin with Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin is a wonderful process for designers, paper craft, bookmakers, and textile artists. Ana Lisa Hedstrom’s never-ending search for new shibori techniques and methods led her to study persimmon tanning dyeing and the results are wonderful.

Used for centuries across Asia, fermented persimmon juice is valued for its waterproofing and medicinal uses. With the characteristic shades of brown, Kakishibu has been combined with textile traditions of Katazome and Shibori to create striking paper and cloth. 

This process requires no mordant, heating, or steaming — just UV light. 

What could be easier or more inviting?

Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin: Shibori on Paper and Fabric includes:

Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin Shibori Paper Fabric Analisa Hedstrom 01


Historically Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin was used in Japan for the weatherproofing and ruggedizing of paper.  When exposed to sunlight Kakishibu turns from light to dark brown over time. Combined with various modifiers, such as iron, the color can vary deeply.  Kakishibu is recognized as an art form as well where the persimmon tannin juice acts as a dye or paint on paper and fabric over time revealing striking patterns and results.

Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin Shibori Paper Fabric Analisa Hedstrom 04


One of the most exciting things about working with Kakishibu is getting results on paper.  Sometimes predictable and often surprising, working with paper and Kakishibu provides hours of fun.  Kakishibu can be dipped or brushed to create patterns on wrapping or art paper.  Japanese Washi paper is especially effective. (Learn about Kakishibu and Washi paper.)

Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin Shibori Paper Fabric Analisa Hedstrom 06


The liquid Kakishibu persimmon tannin can be applied to Shibori textures with unique results. It is especially effective on Arashi folds. More than one brushing or dip will increase the depth of shade. Textile artists can bring their own knowledge to Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin by experimenting with block printing, batik, and stencils.

Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin Shibori Paper Fabric Analisa Hedstrom 02


Itajime and Origami folds work well with Kakishibu. The geometric shapes can be a small pattern, or a bold and graphic design. Start with the classic Japanese 4, 6, and 8-star folds. Then try some origami folds, or invent your own!
Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin Shibori Paper Fabric Analisa Hedstrom 07


Tie Dyes — made by pinching and wrapping fabric with string or rubber bands — is familiar to almost everyone. Who would guess that with Kakishibu it could be so beautiful? Resembling pansies or other flowers it is a quick way to create scarves and artwear. It can also be a great project for children!
Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin Shibori Paper Fabric Analisa Hedstrom 03


Kakishibu in its native form produces a rusty red-brown color over time. The tint can vary with the addition of baking soda or titanium, and iron creates shades of grey and black. Other natural dyes can be applied to the same piece to broaden the palette. The blue of indigo works beautifully with the brown tones of Kakishibu.
Ana Lisa Hedstrom Artist Portrait

Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Textile Artist • About the Instructor

Ana Lisa has been dyeing fabric for art wear, quilts and art textiles for over 40 years and still finds inspiration in the endless possibilities of shibori dyeing. Her signature shibori textiles are included in the museum collections of the Cooper Hewett Smithsonian Design Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the de Young (San Francisco) and Racine Art Museum. She has received public art commissions for the City of Emeryville, California, and the American Embassy, Brunei.

Ana Lisa  is a frequent instructor at art schools and international conferences including San Francisco State University and California College of Arts.  Ana Lisa has received two 
NEA grants and is a fellow of the American Craft Council.

Visit Ana Lisa’s website