Katazome: Natural Dye And Indigo

October 18, 2020 – October 24, 2020

Akemi Cohn

Katazome is a traditional Japanese rice paste resist technique that is applied through a stencil and colored with natural dyes and/or earth pigments. In this workshop students will learn basic Katazome and explore images representing their own story. The class covers cooking rice paste, making soymilk, mordant, brushing and painting with natural dyes and steaming to set colors. Participants will dip rice-pasted fabric into the indigo dye pot to create intensive shades of blue including the technique of Sumi ink. Tsutsugaki, which is freehand drawing with rice paste in a pastry tube, will add to your creative possibilities. The application of earth pigments is also covered. Students will take home a variety of experimental fabric pieces to use as a guide for future projects. Open to all skill levels.


Akemi Cohn was born in Yokohama, Japan and studied traditional Japanese dyeing techniques for 10 years under the master, Haru Izumi in Japan. She lives in Chicago, Illinois and has an MFA in Fiber Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Cohn has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as conducting workshops at Haystack, Penland, Arrowmont, the International Surface Design Conference, and Zijdelings (Netherlands). Commissions include Unitarian Church of Evanston, Loyola University Medical Center, and at Home Co. Ltd.

Akemi Cohn

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

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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2020. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund of deposit.


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