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Textile Workshops in ITALY
Natural Dye  ·  Michel Garcia & Yoshiko I Wada  ·  Puglia, June 2010


World Shibori Network announces 2 exciting NATURAL DYE WORKSHOPS this summer with natural dye expert Michel Garcia and resist dye expert Yoshiko I Wada. These textile holidays will take place in Puglia, in southern Italy at the stunning MASSERIA DELLA ZINGARA amidst views of orchards, olive groves, beaches, and white-washed trullos. Reserve your spot now! (details below)

Limited to 15 students per workshop.

Hope to see you in Italy!

Yoshiko I. Wada, World Shibori Network

Jan King, Masseria della Zingara

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Textile Workshops
Natural Dyeing en Provençal ·  Silk + Rice Paste Resist ·  Gentle on  Environment

Workshop registration will be open to general audience. This is an early announcement for the friends of WSN.
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Week One (5-day): "Silk & Natural Dyeing". Explore thoroughly the secret of silk fiber and the way in which a wide variety of effects and colors can be achieved with natural dyes. Yoshiko will cover selective removal of sericin from silk fabric using itajime and arashi shibori methods; effective combination of different types of fibers and fabrics, from organza to Gunma silk to wool to polyester; and application of kaiki shibu (persimmon tannin). Michel will cover varying mordants and effective natural dye application methods. All methods are gentle to humans and environment.
INSTRUCTORS: Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada & Michel Garcia

COST: £750  €850 (shared room @ Masseria della Zingara). Go to Package Details
DATES: 15-19 June, 2010

Week Two (5-day): "Natural Dye Block Printing Provencal + Rice Paste Resist Printing Japonaise". Michel will introduce a traditional block printing process practiced in Provence, France for multicolor cotton prints including natural indigo blue. Yoshiko will cover katazome process; how to design and cut shibugami (persimmon tannin stencil paper); how to make rice paste resist that washes away in plain water; how to combine with natural dyeing on fabric and washi (handmade paper). All methods are gentle to humans and environment.
INSTRUCTORS: Michel Garcia & Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
COST: £750  €850 (shared room @ Masseria della Zingara). Go to Package Details
DATES: 22-26 June, 2010

Michel Garcia
is a natural dye expert and founder of Couleur Garance and Botanical Garden of Dye Plants in Lauris, France. Recently he led workshops for the ISS'08 in Paris. You can read a review of his class below. Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an expert on Japanese resist-dye techniques including shibori and  has authored definitive books on the subject. She is President of the World Shibori Network.

Review of Michel Garcia's Provençal workshop, FiberArts 2008

About Puglia, Masseria della Zingara

Masseria della Zingara plays host to a variety of special interest holidays with a particular emphasis on textiles - the first love of its owners. "The House of the Gypsy" is an important building often noted on area maps and has recently been restored to a high level of specification. Built in the late 17th / early 18th c., it sits on 20 acres of private land set principally to olives, almonds, figs and cherries and yet is conveniently adjacent to the village of Triggianello. Located in Puglia, in the heel of Italy, the Masseria is just 7 kilometres from the coast. Thanks to Jan King of London (Creative Exhibition Ltd,  Twisted Thread) who has made this textile holiday possible at her "House of the Gypsy."

Puglia is the garden of Italy -- an area of baroque towns filled with white-washed trullos, beaches, orchards, sun, and is rightly famed for both its food and wine.

Italia Magazine Nov09, 5-page feature on Masseria w pics & interviews (pdf file)
Activities @ Masseria della Zingara (MdZ)

Week One workshop, 15-19 June 2010
Arrive on Monday, 14th
Students Welcome Dinner (included)

Class from XX:00 to XX:00. Time to explore and relax on own. Stay @ MdZ.

19, SAT - Class from XX:00 to XX:00. Depart for airport or next destination.

[2-Course Students continue to stay at MdZ through 19 & 20]

Week Two workshop, 22-26 June 2010
Arrive on Monday, 21st
Students Welcome Dinner (included)

Class from XX:00 to XX:00. Time to explore and relax on own. Stay @ MdZ.

26, SAT - Class from XX:00 to XX:00. Depart for airport or next destination.

CostCost & Package Details

1-week course, shared room (twin beds) :
£750  €850
1-week course, single room (twin) :
£850  €950
BOTH courses SPECIAL RATE, shared room :
£1400  €1500 (incl. Leo Party)

AVAILABLE OPT-INS (all are welcome)
Leo Welcome Meal & Wine, Saturday 19 (25EU)
Leo Farewell Lunch, Monday 21 (pay on own)


Textile 1-Course Fee
includes workshop fee, 5 nts accommodations @ Masseria della Zingara, daily breakfast, some meals, Student Welcome Dinner, airport pick-up/drop-off, transportation to visit local village, an evening outing, and more. Visit website for full Package Details

Textile 2-Course Special Fee includes the same as 1-Course Fee (see above), AND continuous stay at Masseria della Zingara (including 19,20 - no extra charge)


EXTRA NIGHTS preceding or following the WORKSHOP COURSE(S) can be arranged at Masseria Cesarina (5 minutes by car, 10min bicycle, 15min walk from della Zingara). It has eight en-suite bedrooms with bidets & spacious showers. The farmhouse has been immaculately renovated and tastefully furnished retaining the character of the building. This B&B is very comfortable and features a very nice pool. DAILY RATE, w breakfast: €40/person (shared room, twins) or €50 (single room). www.masseria-cesarina.com

Email inquiries to either Jan King   jan@twistedthread.com 
or Yoshiko Wada    yoshiko@yoshikowada.com

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