Slow Fashion Workshop: Katazome Print and Indigo Dye Bag Making with Emi Fujisawa

5 Week Creative Course


22 February, 1, 8, 15, 22 March 2023


Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.

Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+
No experience required

What will be covered in the class?
Make your very own hand sewn and hand dyed Japanese bag with Japanese textile artist/maker Emi Fujisawa.

You will be able to choose from a few bag shapes inspired by Japanese traditional bags. Examples include shifuku bags for tea ceremonies, Kinchaku or Furoshiki bags.

Your bag will incorporate Katazome; a traditional Japanese print technique using rice glue and be dyed with indigo.

The workshop will include:

Week 1: Learning katazome print techniques. Making samples and dyeing with an indigo vat.

Week 2: Learning how to make Japanese rice glue. Making your own katazome print design. Discuss the design of your bag.

Week 3: Applying your rice glue design onto vintage fabric. Making your bag pattern and begin hand sewing using Japanese sashiko needle and threads.

Week 4: Continue sewing.

Week 5: Complete sewing and dye your bag with indigo.

What will students leave the class with?
Each student will leave with one handmade bag, The dimensions of your bag will be:

Shifuku bag:
approx.15cm x 15cm

approx.15cm x 15cm

Furoshiki bag: 30 cm x 30 

You will also leave with a few fabric samples with katazome prints, a recipe for rice glue, a recipe for an instant indigo vat and a sashiko sewing kit.

What will I need to bring?
All materials and equipment will be provided

Art Studio. The art studio is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. Tools are all light and accessible. Work benches are not currently height adjustable.

Emi Fujisawa is a Japanese textile and ceramic artist/designer. Her personal work presents a slow fashion collection as well as making vases and Japanese matcha bowls using her own glazes made with natural materials.

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* We offer a limited number of spaces on each course at a 30% discount for those in receipt of income support such as Universal Credit and Carers Allowance. Please contact us directly for to obtain a discount code to apply at checkout. (Proof of eligibility required).
Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Any workshops that you are unable to attend cannot be refunded and cannot be reallocated.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance only will refunds be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.
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