Seniloka Arts Fest visitors explore Japanese tie-dye craft


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 23 Dec 2017

Participants showing their tie-dyed shibori creations after the workshop.

THE Japanese technique of dyeing fascinated visitors at the two-day Seniloka Arts Festival in Penang.

Called ‘shibori’, the craft calls for artists to create patterns on fabric by binding, stitching, folding, twisting or compressing it after dye is applied.

This method was commonly used to dye patterns on kimono fabric in the past in Japan.

“Shibori designs are popular among fans today for clothing and home decor,” said Shibori workshop instructor Shaqira Ramli during the programme at Armenian Park recently.

He said Shibori cloth could be found in many Japanese residences as curtains and pillowcases.

About 10 adults and children took part in the workshop. They learned about preparing fabric and techniques on tying, dyeing, washing and drying.

“Most of the participants of the workshop mostly have little knowledge in art and we tell them not to be afraid to experiment,” said Shaqira.

“Participants usually have this fear that their artwork will turn out bad and are surprised when the end product is good.”

Shaqira, 27, graduated from the American University in Dubai and had always dreamed of sharing her skills in art and craft with other people.

“This workshop gives visitors a chance to explore their creative side which can heighten their confidence.”

The two-day festival was organised by the Penang Island City Council.

It included cultural performances, theatre and stand-up comedy shows and screening of short films.

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