August 29th, 2011 / posted by paularath

Textile by Yoshiko Wada.

If you’re a regular reader of, you know that I have a passion for textiles. So when the announcement of this new Natural and Chemical Textile Dyeing class came to me, I got really excited. Unfortunately, I will be out of town for several of the classes so I will not be able to attend.

If you have friends who love textiles, or color, or dyeing, or creating their own DIY projects, please send them a link to this blog.

Learning how to dye textiles can also be a lifesaver when a favorite garment gets a spot on it. Or when something gets yellowed with age and you want to preserve it.

The U.H.-Manoa Outreach College is offering this noncredit workshop with Andy Reilly, co-editor of The Men’s Fashion Reader and the forthcoming Meanings of Dress, as well as producer of the U.H. fashion program’s annual spring fashion show. He is an assistant professor in the Apparel Product Design and Merchandising department. Reilly’s courses cover fashion promotion, fashion show production and the social psychology of fashion.

Dr. Reilly will be joined by Tokunari Fujibayashi, whose family has made kimono for the Japanese royal family for 13 generations. He began learning th art of textile dyeing at the age of eight. He now owns kimono and houseware design companies in Kyoto and is in the process of starting up a Honolulu company, Hawaiian Blue, that will feature naturally dyed products made exclusively in Hawaii.

The class will be held Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 6 – 8 p.m. in U.H.-Manoa Art Building 360. The fee is $80.

Information: to register, call 956-8400.

– Paula Rath

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