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Shirakage Shibori (hexagon shape)

$ 340 usd
Mon, Jul 22, 2024, 9:00 AM EDT – Tue, Jul 23, 2024, 2:00 PM EDT
Wagon Master Ranch Resort, 359 Adventure Ranch Rd, Murphy, NC, United States Map
Shirakage Shibori (hexagon shape)

The use of a short wooden pole as a core was developed in Arimatsu in about 1850 by Suzuki Kanezo. He called the process shirokage, "white shadow" shibori, a name as lovely as the designs produced- lines of indigo blue traced on white.

The ori-nui stitching that is always used raises ridges in the cloth when the threads are drawn up, making it possible to expose and dye only the stitched parts when the cloth is wound around the pole. The unstitched ground areas of the cloth, protected from the dye by the pole on one side and the close arrangement of the stitches on the other, remain undyed

Shirakage shibori is one of the difficult shape resist techniques. It is tough to get the balance of the shapes and sizes right so the indigo does not bleed in from behind and ruin the perfect white background. This type of shibori involves more labor and skill than is practical in today's economy.

Day 1

  • Draw hexagons on graph paper
  • trace hexagons to fabric
  • iron lines by hand and stitch'

Day 2

  • Pull
  • Attach the fabric to a pole/ stick
  • use plastic wrap to make resisted areas
  • dye
  • wash
  • untie
  • wash


  • Compass
  • Graph paper
  • Ruler, pencil, eraser, black sharpie
  • Washable blue pen
  • Needles, thread, yubinuki
  • Ate-Nuno 12 2cm square
  • Rubber Straps (bicycle tubes)
  • Plastic film and plastic wrap

Rubber bands

The Sukumo vat is being made for a specific quantity of fabric- Because of this there is a limit of 6 students

Each piece will be dipped 6 times

Lodging available on site: https://wagonmasterranchresort.com/lodging


Makiko Tokunaga

Japanese Indigo Dyer and Shibori Artist

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Wagon Master Ranch Resort, 359 Adventure Ranch Rd, Murphy, NC, United States


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  • Indigo
  • Shibori
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