(303) Paint, Drip, Dip: Kakishibu Persimmon Tannin & Thickened Dye

Paint, drip, dip, stamp – pattern cellulose, silk, and paper using kakishibu persimmon tannin, natural dyes, and thickened fiber reactive dye. The class will explore direct application of dyes on a variety of substrates. We will focus on shibori resist techniques, painting, and dipping with kakishibu which requires no chemicals or heat to fix. The addition of iron will modify the typical brown shades of kakishibu to blacks and grey. Thickened natural dye extracts, and thickened fiber reactive dye will offer interesting options.

The instructor will teach simple arashi shibori pole wrapping and itajime clamping. Designing with fabric and paper will be an integral part of classroom discussion. These techniques are perfect for quilts, collages, book making, and art textiles.


Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Experience Level:

All Levels

Maximum Class Size:


Materials fee:

$50 covers dyes and thickeners, Japanese kozo paper, and some fabric.

Student Supplies:

  • Scissors.
  • Needles.
  • Thread (regular, heavy craft).
  • ball or cone of string.
  • Blue painter’s tape.
  • Measuring tape.
  • Seam ripper.
  • Rubber gloves.
  • Dust mask.
  • 2- to 3-inch C-clamps.
  • Several inexpensive paint brushes (in ½- to 4-inch widths. No foam).
  • Blocks of wood in square, triangle, rectangle, circle or other shapes. Blocks should not be longer than 6 inches and no thicker than 3/4 inch. Students may share blocks.
  • Optional: small stamps for printing.
  • Some small yogurt-size containers and plastic bags to wrap fiber reactive samples to batch overnight.
  • Medium-weight natural fiber fabric, such as linen, cotton print, and silk noil for samples and scarves. (Instructor will bring a limited amount of fabric as part of the workshop fee.)
  • Japanese kozo paper (Instructor will bring Japanese kozo papers, but students are encouraged to bring their own paper to try.
  • PVC plumbing pipe for arashi. For students driving, please bring several 36 inch/3 foot (approximately) lengths of 2-, 3-, or 4-inch diameter. Shorter scrap pieces are useful too, especially to share with students flying or taking the train.
  • Notebook and examples or pictures of your own work to share with the class.