2017 Past Events

Strong and Versatile: Japanese Handmade Paper and Paper Thread, July 29, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Craft and Folk Art Museum (5814 Wilshire Boulevard)
Free to attend RSVP Required (event is full)

Can paper be turned into wearable clothing? Absolutely. In Japan, thread made from handmade paper has been used for weaving cloth since at least the 17th century. The cloth is called shifu (shi means paper and fu means cloth in Japanese) and traditionally it has been employed in a variety of uses, from making kimono for the elite, to work clothes for farmers. Hiroko Karuno, an expert spinner, natural dyer and weaver presents a slide lecture on the process of making Japanese handmade paper. Afterwards, she will demonstrate the intricate method of producing paper thread from a sheet of handmade paper and how to prepare it for weaving.