Tie-dying masterclass

Tie-dying masterclass

from 280.00

$280 USD per person

Please make your booking at least 3 days in advance.

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Learn traditional tie-dying with an internationally-acclaimed kimono designer


  • Location: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

  • 3-4 hours

  • 4 people max.

  • Offered in Japanese, with friendly Deeper Japan guide interpreting in English
    (French/German interpretation may be available upon request)

Poignant beauty

Tsujigahana is a type of shibori (tie-dying) technique that employs both drawing and foil impressions. The process begins with drawing the desired pattern on the white fabric, tying the fabric, and finally dyeing it. After the dyeing, the tied areas are released, revealing the white patterns, which are accented by ink drawing. One of its characteristics of this particular technique, which has its origins in the Nara period (710-794AD),  is the subtle, but ever-present evidence of decay of the flowers and leaves, reminding viewers of the cycle of life and death.

What you’ll make

Choose from a “furoshiki”, a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth (3 hours) or a “tsujigahana-obiage”, sash used when wearing kimono (4 hours).

What you’ll do

Take a visual tour of the history of shibori and tsujigahana dyeing and then start the dyeing process yourself to make a furoshiki or tsujigahana-obiage. Enjoy some freshly made matcha and wagashi and then wrap up the session with an exclusive viewing of kimonos hand-dyed by the artisan 

What you should know

The finished products will be steamed, treated and sent out to you about two weeks after the experience

Who can attend

You must be able to handle a needle and scissors as some basic sewing is involved
Children must be 7+

What to wear

An apron will be supplied, but just in case, don’t wear your finest whites!


Session 1 (13:00 - 16:00)
Session 1 (13:00 - 17:00)


40 minutes from Kyoto Station.

Cancellation Policy

Please make your booking at the latest 3 days in advance. See cancellation policy here.

* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.