Master Shibori In The Mountains

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CRAFT: Master Shibori in the Mountains

Bryan Whitehead has dedicated his life to mastering and preserving ancient Japanese textile techniques. Having spent years gathering a deep understanding of traditional crafts from indigo dying to kasuri weaving and katazome printing, Bryan now runs residential workshops from his 150-year-old farmhouse in a small mountain village outside Tokyo.


In a world driven by speed, Bryan Whitehead is putting on the breaks, encouraging others to learn and appreciate the slow art of Japanese textiles and in particular, indigo dying. Starting from the top, Bryan grows his own crop of indigo and even breeds his own silk worms, giving workshop guests a unique insight into traditional textile production, from start to finish.

Check out Bryan’s blog or get in touch to take part. Top of the list for crafts people, Japanophiles, and those wanting to slow down, kick back and experience the gentle pace of rural life in Japan.

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