The 10th International Shibori Symposium, which took place in beautiful Oaxaca, Mexico was a successful event, measured by the people, the places, and the collectively shared efforts in the preservation of textile cultures and sustainability. We would like to give our appreciation to all of our attendees, our committee, our supporting venues and organizations, and Oaxaca for helping us make the 10iss such an accomplishment for textile education.
Please stay tuned for more details to be posted, and links to our exhibition & program catalog. In the meantime you can view the Official ISS Schedule & Program in english & español here/aquí.
This workshop will provide an introduction to two Indian fine embroidery techniques. Use the aari hooked needle to create aari embroidery as practiced in the royal courts of the Mughal empire, building beautiful expressions of color and line from repeated fine chain stitches in silk thread. Learn to cut your own decorative mirrors and affix them using a variety of stitches to create your own interpretation of the unique art of shisha (also called “mirror-work” or abla) embroidery.
Born in Ahmedabad, a city renowned for its rich culture and textile heritage, Asif Shaikh took up needle and thread at the age of ten when embroidery was rarely pursued by young boys. As he perfected his stitches, he would try to recreate the motifs of old embroideries in all their fine and lavish detail. As years passed, his engagement with the beautiful world of embroidery became stronger and his practice and technical insight deeper. Asif has revived historical embroideries for organizations such as UNESCO Parzor, and runs his own artisan studio in Ahmedabad.
3 Half-Day Workshop with Jabbar Khatri: “Bandhani: Indian Tie-Resist Dyeing”
Bandhani (from the Sanskrit word banda, “to tie”) dyeing, mainly practiced in Gujarat and Rajasthan, involves a number of refined processes from design to tracing to tying. Learn the basics of bandhani from a renowned artisan of a new generation who will guide you through the possibilities for dimensional transformation and original design within a traditional art form.
Jabbar Khatri belongs to the Khatri community of skilled dyers who have practiced their traditional art since the 4th century, their historical production including tie- and paste-resist dyeing, block printing, and silk-screening. Although Jabbar’s family was not involved in textile work (his great-grandfather produced fireworks for the royal family, his grandfather was in the bicycle business, and his father was a banker), Jabbar independently pursued the Khatri textile tradition and continues to sustain his community’s ancient skills through his teaching and textile designs.
There are only a few remaining spaces on the 10iss tours around the Oaxaca region! Each tour is limited in capacity to provide the best possible experience for both the travelers and the communities we are visiting. Make sure to register for your space while you can!
Pre-Symposium Tour 2: Woven Crossroads: Textiles from the Center of Oaxaca – 4 spaces remaining November 8th – 14th (7 days, 7 nights)
Tour Price: $1790.00 > Deposit: $450.00
Pre-Symposium Tour 3: Nuu Savi, Textiles of the Mixteca – 1 space remaining November 10th – 14th (5 days, 5 nights)
Tour Price: $1175.00 > Deposit: $430.00
Post-Symposium Tour 6: Velvet Flowers: Embroidered Blouses & the Finest Cotton of the Isthmus – 4 spaces remaining
November 21st – 24th (4 days, 4 nights)
Tour Price: $1190.00 > Deposit: $440.00
We are happy to spotlight traditional Oaxacan studios and workshops that give you a chance to delve into craft of paper making and binding.
Taller Arte Papel Vista Hermosa (TAPVH) at CASAis a artisanal handmade paper and paper jewelry studio. Founded by Mexican artist Francisco Toledo in 1998 as a cooperative, it works with local community and utilises bark, plants, flowers, cotton, hemp, silk, linen and pieces of shiny mica – renewable resources and local materials free of chemicals. The workshop is working to become a self-sustaining business, where the surplus money is invested in reforestation , nurseries and educational and cultural programs for the community. In addition, there will be an exhibition at the adjoining gallery, featuring artist Kiff Slemmons, titled Kiff Slemmons and Arte Papel Vista Hermosa – Joyeria y Papel: Una Colaboración, which will be on view during the symposium November 11-December 11, 2016.
EATP is a paper-making studio located 10-15 minutes walking distance from Centro de las Artes in San Agustín. The studio, managed by Eric Ramírez Castellanos, offers guided tours and all-day workshops.
For workshop details, fees and FAQs, please click here.