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Stencil and Aobana Ink Making and Marking the Cloth for Shibori

November 20, 2021 @ 15:00 - 18:00

Hiroshi Murase, Master Arimatsu Shibori Artisan. | Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada will moderate and translate the workshop.

Saturday 20 November 2021 | 15:00 – 18:00 PST / 7:00 – 10:00 JST (next day)

ZOOM Webinar | Slow Fiber Studios ANNEX | 1825 8th St. Berkeley, CA

“Aobana” (blue flower) is a traditionally used fugitive ink that can be washed away in water. Aobana ink is stenciled onto fabric as a guide for many Shibori techniques. You can mark intricate or bold designs on the fabric to be dyed. With the stencils you make in class, you can easily recreate the same design over a collection of different fabrics.

Aobana stenciling is one of Murase-san’s signature skills passed down through generations of his family. He is ready to share this invaluable skill with you to aid in mastering Shibori techniques. This stenciling technique can also be used to mark designs for Sashiko stitchery.

Register for the Event

The three-hour workshop will take place on Saturday 20 November 2021 by Webinar and as an in-person studio experience for fully vaccinated people.  The workshop fee of $175 includes a Technical Information document, a materials list, and access for three months to the workshop recording. 

Workshop materials and tools: Some tools/materials are included in the workshop fee. You will receive links to source the ingredients for Aobana fugitive ink. You may order other materials you may need at our SFS online shop


November 20, 2021
15:00 - 18:00
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Hiroshi Murase


Slow Fiber Studios Berkeley
Berkeley, CA United States