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Boro & Indigo


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)

With Shunji Ohashi

$695 [Includes $85 lab fee] Class limit 16. Oct 22-25 (Mon-Thu) 10am-4pm.

This workshop will teach “boro,” the traditional Japanese techniques used to make and repair clothes. To inspire and instruct, Shunji will present his collection of boro garments and samples. Students will receive instruction in sashiko stitching, patchwork and sakiori, where scraps of fabric and rags are woven together.

The workshop will also focus on indigo dyeing and shibori techniques. Students will learn to apply both these techniques and the spirit of boro (want not waste not) to modern clothing and fabric waste (such as socks, belt loops, offcuts and so on).

Students are encouraged to bring their own worn-out clothing and fabric waste to use. Throughout the workshop, the creativity, spontaneity and humour of boro will be emphasized, with the aim of creating garments that celebrate waste in the most beautiful and creative ways.

Shunji was born into a textile family in Fukushima and after graduating from University of the Arts London spent seven years working for the Japanese denim brand Kapital. He now lives in Amsterdam, where he works for G-Star RAW creating concepts and customized clothing, while also running his own company, StudiOHA. He lectures on boro internationally.

Shunji will also give a lecture.

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Born in Fukushima, Japan, to a family with a history in tailoring, silk, and cotton, Shunji has long been fascinated by the transformative power of clothes. After studying shoe design at the University of the Arts London, Shunji worked at Japanese denim brand Kapital for seven years, spearheading their exclusive and labour-intensive Kountry line.

He now lives in Amsterdam and works for G-Star RAW, where he creates concepts and makes customized clothing for Pharrell Williams, while on the side running his own company, StudiOHA, under his artist name OHA. His surname, Ohashi, means “big bridge” in Japanese, and this is precisely what he tries to be: a bridge between artists, designers, and factories; factories to consumers; consumers to craftsmen; and so on. Shunji Ohashi conducts workshops and lectures internationally.

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