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Japanese Noren With Natural Dyes


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

With Yoko & Kazuho Kano

$695 [Includes $100 lab fee] Class limit 16. Nov 6-10 (Wed-Sun) 10am-4pm.

Noren are traditional cloth dividers that hang in doorways. They appear in the front entrance to bath houses and shops to signify that the establishment is open for business. Noren usually have one or more vertical slits in the cloth that run almost to the top. The designs on the historic noren of Katsuyama are made entirely through stitch resist and immersion dyeing. Noren are a uniquely Japanese expression in cloth.

In this workshop students will have an opportunity to study with master noren artist Yoko Kano and her daughter Kazuho. Yoko is well known for completing two large-scale projects: a complete set of noren for each of the historic towns of Katsuyama and Naoshima. Students will learn how Yoko approaches her collaboration with a client and be introduced to the aesthetic and history of noren design. The class will then embark on the production of their own individual noren using stitch resist (Yoko Shibori) and immersion dyes.

Yoko and Kazuho join us from Japan.

Yoko and Kazuho will also exhibit their work.

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Yoko & KazuhoKano

Born in 1947 in Katsuyama, Okayama, Japan, Yoko Kano studied weaving and dyeing at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo (1966-69). After graduating, she worked in Tokyo for eight years. 

In 1977, she returned to Katsuyama and set up the Hinoki Dyeing and Weaving Studio in a former sake factory. She continues to work in this beautiful traditional studio set beside a small creek.

Kazuho Kano was born in 1980. She is Yoko’s second daughter. She studied under weaver Kimi Baba at the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. Like her mother, she returned to her hometown of Katsuyama after her studies. She continues to weave and dye at Hinoki Dyeing and Weaving Studio with Yoko.

Earlier Event: November 4
Bookbinding: The Artists Book
Later Event: November 7
Noren Exhibition