Japan 2018 Shibori Symposium – Post 15

Japan 2018 Shibori Symposium – Post 15 – The whole purpose of having the symposium in hot Japan July was that the safflowers would be ready to pick for dyeing. We left the hotel at 5:20 am in the rain. These are pictures of the harvest and our dyeing.

Pounding the flowers after we got back to the campus.

Preparation for safflower dyeing.

More preparation. We are about to make little patties out of the pounded and strained petals.

Little patties to use for dyeing.

Two of the colors.

This is what we were after.

14 thoughts on “Japan 2018 Shibori Symposium – Post 15”

  1. Beautiful colors – and the way you made them is fascinating!
    Everyone has great stamina to get up so early in the rain to make these gorgeous round patties. The color is more than elegant.

    You Have to open up your own shop in Mill Valley!

  2. What fabric is that? Silk? Cotton? And what did they use as a mordant? I’m in love with that neon pink color and now I want to try growing this cultivar of safflower here in Missouri if possible! 🙂

    • They were using silk. I haven’t read my notes about mordants etc. There were special things they did to get the pink. Try looking for info on the web or contacting me in a couple of months. I really want to try it.


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