Honzome fabric dying workshop

Honzome fabric dying workshop

from 340.00

$340 USD per person

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance.

Number of Participants:

Learn to dye fabric using traditional techniques at a 130-year old honzome atelier


  • Location: Katsushika-ku, Tokyo

  • Private Experience

  • 2.5 hour

  • 2 people max

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

Infinite hues

The vibrant and evocative patterns of honzome, appearing in yukata and tenugui (Japanese hand towels), are emblematic of Japanese textiles. Using the method of ‘chusen’, which means ‘pouring dye’, artisans outline designs with special glues and then pour dye onto the cloth. The dye bleeds through the fabric, so multiple layers of cloth can be produced with the same design. Traditional dyes are made using pigments from plants or other organic sources, resulting in colors that are inimitable with chemical pigments. Create your own unique tenugui design and feel the handcrafted warmth behind the art of honzome.  

What you’ll do

Learn about the tradition of Honzome and tenugui, Japan's traditional hand towel, and dye 3 meters of tenugui fabric!


3 meter roll of tenugui fabric
Pamphlet on how to use tenugui

Who can attend

Children must be 7+

What to wear

Clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty

What else you should know

Suggested ways to use the fabric in addition to tenugui: making a headscarf, sarong, a shirt, pillow cover, apron, towel etc.


Session 1 (10:00 - 12:30)
Session 2 (14:00 - 16:30)


40 min from Tokyo Station

Cancellation Policy

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance. See cancellation policy here.
* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.

Customer Reviews

We had a wonderful afternoon learning to dye with the very friendly team. We were able to choose the colours and the designs we wanted. The best part was to come home with 3 metres of material — I made a shirt out of it and there was even enough material left for a tea towel. Thoroughly recommend this day out!
— A.F, Japan, June 2018