Dyeing and Waterproofing Washi





Instructor: Linda Marshall
Skill Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $25.00
Length of workshop: 1 day

Date: Friday, June 28, 2019



Workshop description:

Kakishibu, tannin processed from the juice of unripe persimmon fruit (kaki = persimmon, shibu = tannin), is a traditional natural material that has been used for many years in Japan. One of its applications is to dye paper. Paper treated with kakishibu is strengthened, repels insects and is water resistant. Dyed paper traditionally had three main uses: as label paper for price tags on dry goods and cloth which was to be dyed, as stencil paper, and, when also treated with oil, as a waterproof paper for making umbrellas. In this workshop, we will be working with kakishibu that is a granular persimmon dye. We’ll learn how to prepare it using different recipes. Part One: We’ll look at the traditional Japanese uses of washi and kakishibu and discuss how to use those techniques in contemporary ways. This segment will look at the papers that were traditionally used, as well as how papers were prepared for katazome-stencils, garments such as fireman’s jackets, paper-makers’ jackets, as well as uses in wood craftsmanship. We’ll discuss what currently available materials are best suited to kakishibu application as well as how to use this unique material in artist books, prints, bookbinding, and other artistic projects. Part Two: We’ll discuss various preparation techniques and how to apply kakishibu to washi. We’ll create samples on a range of Japanese papers for future personal studio reference. Kakishibu develops/cures/darkens over time. We’ll look at examples and make reference sheets that each participant will leave with to watch develop over time. Part Three: This segment of the workshop will be spent learning alternative applications, patterning ideas, and traditional and modern dye techniques. We’ll look at traditional examples from Japan to inspire new ideas. Toward the end of the afternoon, we’ll create a simple reference book of recipes, samples and techniques. Each student will leave with great reference samples, as well as a small container of kakishibu and washi/papers for experimenting after the workshop.

Materials/equipment to be supplied by students:
soft brushes for applying kakishibu (these will get stained permanently with kakishibu)
plastic bag for still-damp papers 

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
samples of kakishibui (persimmon treated washi)
Kakishibu for use in class and a recipe-sized container to take home 
washi for testing
examples for inspiration