Katazome: Natural Dye and Indigo

June 3, 2018 – June 9, 2018

Akemi Nakano Cohn

In this workshop students learn basic Katazome and explore images that represent their own design and story. Katazome is a traditional Japanese rice paste resist technique that is applied through a stencil and colored with natural dyes. The techniques covered include cooking rice paste, making soy milk, brushing a variety of natural dyes, mordants and steaming to set colors. Participants will dip rice-pasted fabric into the natural indigo dye pot to create intense shades of blue. You will also discover Tsutsugaki, which is freehand drawing with rice paste in a special pastry tube. Students will take home a variety of experimental fabric pieces to use as a guide for future projects. Open to all skill levels.


Akemi Nakano Cohn was born in Japan and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She studied dyeing in Japan for 10 years under the master Haru Izumi. Cohn has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Haystack and Penland. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado and at SEED Arts and Education in California.

Akemi Nakano Cohn

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

  • I would like to be contacted about housing in the new dormitory that will have all private rooms with private baths if it is ready for occupancy for workshop dates.
  • $199
  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

This event has reached registration capacity. Please provide your information to be placed on the waiting list.

Put me on the waitlist.
Add to your calendar

Donation to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

How much would you like to donate?
$50 $100 $250 $500 $1,000
Would you like to make regular donations? I would like to make donation(s)
How many times would you like this to recur? (including this payment) *
First Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Current Mailing Address
Additional Note
A current mailing address is required to receive an acknowledgement/tax receipt.