COURSE 1: Friday 8 to Monday 11 September 2023


The course will be structured over four days: the first two are devoted to understanding the patterns, preparing the warp and weft threads, and dyeing them; during the last two days participants will dress their looms and weave.


Ikat is a woven resist technique. Threads are bound according to a pattern and then dyed leaving undyed areas where there are resist ties. Ikat is classified as warp ikat, weft ikat and double ikat, depending on which set(s) of threads are bound. The pattern appears as it is woven. The primary, traditional dye used for kasuri (ikat) is indigo. We will discuss all of this and learn from samples and texts during the workshop.


Marilyn Robert is a textile designer who weaves, stitches and dyes. Throughout her professional life she has been an artist who teaches. Currently no longer teaching at the professorial level, she continues to teach workshops both in Oregon where she lives and further afield. Since 2008, she now works exclusively with dyes derived from plants and insects from the natural world. She has received awards to travel to Japan with a Japan Foundation Fellowship, and to Turkey three times, and led a Textile Tour there in 2011. While in Japan, she studied kasuri (ikat) weaving, and other weave structures. During her trip she witnessed the annual indigo harvest.


Course Cost: £410


Cancellation: refundable up to 3 months prior to the commencement of the course.


Reserve List: If a course is oversubscribed there may be a reserve list available – please contact us via the website for details.


Accessibility: If you have any specific questions regarding the demands of the course please contact us via the website prior to booking.


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