Conversations are streamed talks with esteemed textile artists and artisans, specialists, scholars in the field of textile art including in shibori, natural dyes, sashiko and quilt, weaving, fashion and costumes, delivered through Zoom webinar.

Our purpose is to spread and share authentic information substantiated by the presenters’ experiences. The conversations will serve as oral histories that record the lives and works of people who have contributed to the evolution of the textile field by building on tradition with innovation and passing on knowledge to upcoming generations.

The program will be interactive with Q&A after each presentation/conversation. Priority sign-up (3 days before the public) will be given to the World Shibori Network members. We welcome participants to forward questions in advance using the online form.

Conversations with Cloth, Fall-Winter 2020-21

Streaming webinar series on Zoom for 10/28, 11/18, 12/9, and 1/6.

Four-part presentation on SHIBORI hosted by

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada with Ana Lisa Hedstrom 





  • Episode #1: Arashi Shibori/ Pole-wrap

Wednesday • October 28 • 2020, 1pm-3pm (pacific coast time)

A brief history of arashi shibori in Arimatsu Narumi, Japan, discussing historical examples and processes while explaining the arashi patterns and techniques. Contemporary adaptation in North America of traditional processes will highlight the ingenuity and creative impulse of the artists.

From left to right: (1) PVC tubes arashi poles, (2) Art-wear by Ana Lisa, (3) Historical Arimatsu arashi shibori, early 1900s, (4) Arashi shaped cloth on a rope-core resist, (5) Mr. Suzuki working on a arashi pole, 1979


  • Episode #2: Nui Shibori/ Stitch-resist

Wednesday • November 18 • 2020, 1pm-3pm (pacific coast time)

A brief survey will be presented to view ancient stitch-resist in Japan, and kosode of Keicho and Genroku eras (the early 1600s) along with the Tsujigahana myth and work of Itchiku Kubota who translated the historical textiles into creating his own spectacular art of nui shibori. Presentation of hand-sewing and machine-sewn pleating will cover traditional and modern techniques, concepts, and patterns. Ana Lisa will demonstrate the smocking pleater which approximates mokume shibori stitches, and Catharine Ellis will share her woven shibori process using natural dyes. A contemporary adaptation of traditional processes will highlight the ingenuity and creative impulse of the artists and artisans.

From left to right: (1) Carter Smith, (2) Jane Callender, (3) Mary Jaeger, (4) Ori-nui Shibori Tenugui, (5) Ana Lisa’s TERRA INFIRMA details, polyester felt with heat transfer


  • Episode #3: Itajime Shibori/ Clamp-resist

Wednesday • December 9 • 2020, 1pm-3pm (pacific coast time)

A brief history of clamp-resist from the ancient Tang Dynasty China and Japan through the Edo Period to modern Japan and the West. Contemporary adaptation in North America of traditional processes will highlight the ingenuity and creative impulse of the artists.

From left to right: (1) Sekka shibori, (2) Amy Nguyen, (3) Kimono in purple root dye, (4) Angelina DeAntonis, Itajime process, (5) Ana Lisa’s BLOCKS wool felt with natural dyes


  • Episode #4: Exporting Shibori to Africa from Arimatsu Narumi, 1948-49, Machine Sewn-resist, and Complex Substrate

Wednesday • January 6 • 2021, 1pm-3pm (pacific coast time)

Yoshiko and Ana Lisa will discuss creative solutions the Japanese artisans came up with to meet demand in the African market for wide width, quick production, and dramatic patterns. Examples of the artisans’ solutions were to use a sewing machine for compression-resist (kikai-sekka shibori), enlarge the scale of traditional techniques, and incorporate printed substrates. Ana Lisa will discuss her own way of using the sewing machine in her art textiles, and images from contemporary artists’ work will be shared.  We hope our analysis of a variety of artists’ and artisans’ technical and design approaches will inspire shibori practitioners to find innovative ways to scale up their production.

From left to right: (1) Kumo & Miura shibori, (2) Tesuji shibori & sewing machine, (3) Printed mock shibori, (4) Miura shibori over prints, (5) Sewing machine resist, (6) Sewing machine resist & Nui and kumo shibori




Details/Costs of the Events:

Cost of registration for a series of four episodes is $75. Drop-in for each episode is $25.

*Special offer to those who are registering late*

Do you still want to see the whole series?

If you purchased Episodes #3 and #4, you can now purchase a packaged ticket of 2 recordings Episodes #1 and #2 for $25. You will have access to the recordings until the end of December 2020.

A link to the recording of an episode you registered will be emailed to you. The recording can be accessed for three weeks after the date of each episode. Priority sign-up (three days before the public) will be given to World Shibori network members.

Streaming Library Edition:

In 2021, you will receive an email announcement when a streaming version of the series becomes available with study guides. This archival documentary will be a valuable tool for educators and scholars of craft, design, textile, and art. This series will also help artists, artisans, and designers to gain creative inspiration and increased technical literacy.

Cost for registered participants who purchased a $75 ticket is $45 to download the four films with study guides to your computer.

Cost for registered participants who purchased a $25 ticket for a single episode is $10 for each film with study guides.

Cost for those who did not register and wish to purchase and download: Four films with study guides is $120. A single episode with study guides is $35. Arrangement can be made to rent the film.

Viewing of the film is limited to non commercial use.


Special Discounts on DVDs:

Registered participants will be eligible for discounts on

Ana Lisa’s shibori DVDs and World Shibori Network’s Arimatsu Narumi Shibori DVD @ 20% off.

You will receive a discount code with the Webinar invitation with a Zoom link a few days after you purchase the registrations/tickets.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact staff[at]



Guest: Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Ana Lisa is known for her signature textiles based on contemporary adaptations of shibori. Her textiles are included in the collections of museums such as the Cooper Hewitt, the Museum of Art and Design, and the De Young, and her work has been exhibited  internationally. She has taught and lectured at numerous international Shibori conferences and schools, and her awards include two NEA grants and she is a fellow of the ACC.


Host: Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada

Yoshiko I. Wada is an artist, curator, and textile scholar, president of World Shibori Network, founder of SFS, producer of the Natural Dye Workshop series, and co-chair of the 1st – 11th International Shibori Symposia. She is the author of pioneering publications on kasuri and shibori. Today she continues to lead a wide range of workshops, lectures, tours, and symposia internationally, emphasizing sustainability & tradition.