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Shibori + Indigo Workshop 2019 | Fujino, Japan | Ace Camps Travel

Learn Shibori and indigo dyeing with this Ace Camps Workshop in Fujino, Japan November 17 - 28, 2019. Click here to learn more!

SHIBORI + INDIGO DYEING WORKSHOP IN THE MOUNTAINS OF JAPAN | FUJINO, JAPAN | APRIL 14 - 25 OR NOVEMBER 17 - 28, 2019

Indigo Shibori Workshop Jujino Japan Trip 2019

Located in the beautiful mountain village of Fujino, just outside of Tokyo, this 12 day Ace Camp is a master class introduction to Japanese textiles with a focus on indigo dyeing using shibori techniques and katazome stenciling. This workshop is perfect for designers, crafters and anyone who enjoys or wants to learn about stitching and dyeing. For those individuals considering setting up an indigo vat at home, this is an excellent opportunity to learn to make and maintain a “non-fermented” indigo vat. The material covered in the workshop is also a hands-on introduction into Japanese culture in general. The ideas and technical approaches to textile work share the same ethics and standards as Japanese artistic disciplines. 

For inspiration we'll head to Folkcraft Museum in Tokyo, this is the place to get back to the source of where everything Japanese derives. Understanding the origins of Japanese crafts, feeling and absorbing the subtle seasonal nuances will give you further insight into all things Japanese.

Japanese Textiles are fascinating in their precise structures, complex techniques and aesthetic sophistication. At the farmhouse you will have access to hundreds of textile-related books and examples of traditional Japanese textiles. Join us on this unmissable adventure. 

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 11 nights* (based on shared occupancy)

  • 11 breakfasts

  • 11 lunches

  • 9 dinners

  • A guided tour of the Tokyo Folk Craft Museum

  • Tea Ceremony

  • Katazome Stencil workshop with 7th generation Katazome Master

  • Home cooked meals

  • Transport during workshop


TRIP DETAILS

*Rooms are shared with one other person.  Unfortunately, there is no opportunity for single rooms. The first night is hotel accommodation in Tokyo and the remaining 10 nights are simple farmhouse accommodation in Fujino, Japan. 

This Ace Camp is limited to 9 people.

There will be no refunds for this Ace Camp due to the planning and logistics involved.

PRICE: 2019 trip Fee: $3995 USD 

Pricing and itinerary may change for 2020. 

APRIL 14 - 25 IS SOLD OUT

NOVEMBER 17 - 28, 2019 IS SOLD OUT

We're sorry our 2019 indigo trips to Japan have sold out. Interested in joining us in Japan in the future? If you would like to be the first to know please add your email address to our early notification list by clicking the button below.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

ACE CAMPS  will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 90 days or more before your trip departs, unless you book within 90 days of the camp. If this Ace Camp fills prior to 90 days we will let you know right away so you can plan. 

Transportation to central Tokyo can be made from either Haneda Airport or Narita Airport via limo bus, train and private shuttle. More detailed travel arrival information will be sent after your registration.

WEATHER

Spring is an exciting season in Japan, with sakura (cherry blossoms), new budding leaves and plenty of beautiful things to see. In April there are more and more warm days. Average temperatures range from 55°F to 70°F. Daytime temperatures are almost always moderate, but the evenings are often cooler in the hillside towns.

ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER

The ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER is a part of your group and are there to look out for your safety, to help resolve issues, and to make sure you get what you want from your vacation. The Tour Leader will make sure that everyone who wants company has it, including dinners when no group meal is scheduled.

 


*AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE ITINERARY...

PLEASE READ: We prefer to keep the structure each day as organic as possible, the itinerary below is a general overview of the activities we hope to try out while in Fujino. Some activities and schedules might change here and there depending on the group. There are so many different projects to work on and interesting spots to visit, we try to adjust the activities in a way to make them meaningful for everyone. A couple of the activities are weather dependant so we may have to shift things around. If you prefer to travel on tours with a very set-in-stone schedule this may not be the trip for you. We are often working on projects from morning until night. Flexibility and an open mind are requested to fully relax and enjoy this immersive cultural + creative experience. 

 

ITINERARY*

DAY ONE - SUNDAY

Travel Day - Arrival in Tokyo

Check-in is available after 3PM to Tokyo Hotel.
6:30PM  Casual welcome dinner, meet + greet

DAY TWO - MONDAY

Breakfast at the hotel

Today we take the train to the quietness of the mountain village about an hour and a half away. After unpacking you will be welcomed by a typical Japanese lunch.

Not wasting any time we dive head first into a talk about indigo and Japanese shape-resist dyeing, shibori. It is a round table discussion and questions and comments are encouraged. We will check the homework and start pulling the stitches to prepare for indigo dyeing. We will also start another folding project in preparation for dyeing tomorrow.

Dinner - at the farmhouse

There is also a traditional wood bath next to a small stream in the garden, if anyone would like a proper Japanese bath before bed.

DAY THREE - TUESDAY

Breakfast is simply served on the kitchen island. Lots of fruit and yoghurt and cereals, bread.

Today the talk will be about Indigo and the vat process.

The first step will be to set up an indigo vat and get a clear idea of the variety of processes involved. We will dye Japanese tenugui towels and cotton thread to familiarize you with the dyeing properties of indigo. By the end of ten days you will have a clear understanding of how indigo works with the various additives, different kinds of dye vats and the reaction of indigo with different kinds of fabric.

Today, you will continue working on the binding of your homework to prepare it for dyeing.

Dinner at the farmhouse

DAY FOUR - WEDNESDAY

Breakfast at farmhouse

The after-breakfast talk will be about the local silk producing history and silk in general. If time permits we will have a silk thread making (both spun and reeled) demonstration.

We will continue with a discussion about indigo and Japanese shape-resist dyeing, shibori. It is a round table discussion and questions and comments are encouraged.

Lunch will be a simple Japanese tofu dish. This afternoon you will have time at the indigo vats to dye scarves and stencil patterns.

Dinner - TBD

DAY FIVE - THURSDAY

Breakfast at farmhouse

The morning talk will be on stencil dyeing and a short talk on local history and local food customs. We will spend the day working on indigo projects. If the weather is clear, we will experiment with stencilling to get a better feel for it.

In the afternoon you will be introduced to katazome stencil dyeing in preparation for our outing tomorrow.

Later in the afternoon we will try to visit a local potter who makes beautiful pieces and is generally inexpensive. The pottery can be boxed and shipped from the local post office if necessary. (**note, this outing may not be available dependant on how much supply the potter has at this time).

Dinner - we will try a local restaurant in Fujino (not included)

DAY SIX - FRIDAY

Breakfast at farmhouse

Today we have a special outing planned to the katazome stencil master who lives about an hour away. You will not only witness the astounding techniques and skills but the values and aesthetics that make Japanese textiles so interesting. We will spend the day at the doyen master's house. We will use the stencils we cut for the homework to make some simple table runners and tenugui scarves. It is a very interesting and fun day.

* This activity is weather dependant- we require sun for the paste to dry properly.

Lunch - Bento Box

Dinner - at the farmhouse

DAY SEVEN - SATURDAY

Breakfast at farmhouse

Today's activities are stencil dyeing and shibori. You are welcome to bring a small amount of your own cloth or garments to dye (within reason). We will learn and practice more advanced stitching details and test out other methods for folding, binding and compressing the material to be dyed.

Dinner - TBD

DAY EIGHT - SUNDAY

Breakfast at farmhouse

The after-breakfast talk will be on the subject of the Japanese Crafts Movement.

From the farmhouse we head into Tokyo by train, where Bryan will lead us on a guided tour of the Japanese Folkcraft Museum. This is the place to get back to the source of where everything Japanese derives. Understanding the origins of Japanese crafts, feeling and absorbing the subtle seasonal nuances will give you further insight into all things Japanese.

Lunch - Noodle Shop

This afternoon Bryan will take us to some vintage textile stores, a kimono shop and other interesting spots we find along the way. We make our way back to Fujino late afternoon.

Dinner - simple meal at the farmhouse

DAY NINE - MONDAY

Breakfast at farmhouse

The morning will be spent on the same activities as Saturday: stencilling, shibori and indigo dyeing.

This afternoon we work on a special project that Bryan will detail once in Fujino.

Dinner - we will try a local restaurant in Fujino (not included)

DAY TEN - TUESDAY + DAY ELEVEN - WEDNESDAY

The last two days of the workshop are left flexible for you to work on any projects you wish. Most of the students prefer to spend more time at the indigo vat. 

Bryan will give you individual guidance on your projects. You will have time to cut more sophisticated katazome stencils and try more elaborate shibori techniques.

There are several local artisans studios around Fujino. We can make decisions about where to visit together.

The farmhouse is surrounded by beautiful mountainside and an ideal hiking location. You may also choose to carve out a path thru the lush hillside one day. 

Dinner at the farmhouse

If the weather is good, we hope to enjoy one last campfire in the garden.

DAY TWELVE - THURSDAY

Breakfast at farmhouse

This morning we say Sayōnara! さようなら and take the train back to Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.

APRIL 14 - 25 IS SOLD OUT

NOVEMBER 17 - 28, 2019 IS SOLD OUT

We're sorry our 2019 indigo trips to Japan have sold out. Interested in joining us in Japan in the future? If you would like to be the first to know please add your email address to our early notification list by clicking the button below.

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.

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