What you'll do
Come and join us to learn the ancient tradition of Japanese Scarf Dyeing. We are experts in the traditional Japanese Dye called "Bengara". Bengara is the name of rust-type color made of red iron-oxide, and this dyes don’t fade, even in prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Traditionally in Japan, Bengara has been used for many types of materials in as house construction, coloring textiles and wooden handicrafts, etc. We are excited to have make your own fantastic scarf with us, and you can take it home! During this experience, we will share our own long experience of crafting with you as we guide you through each step amongst an enjoyable atmosphere with smiles.As we take you through each step, we will tell you about the knocks of actions for coloring , wringing, and drying, etc. as if you were in a cooking class! Although our English is not so fluent, you can ask us anytime when you are not sure as we are always happy to share our advice. We have much experience and love doing this with so many guests from around the world!
Michiko And Toshiko
Michiko’s profession is ceramic art and Toshiko’s is remaking products from kimono textile. In 2009, they were having independent craft work corners at some famous hotel of Nara and made friends. Since then these two adventurous ladies’ unique experience planning of classes started! In 2010, they moved to Naramachi, the old historic town of Nara, and opened Handicraft work class “Yuyukobo”. Michiko and Toshiko kept on hitting upon many crafting ideas, which are catchy and well accepted even to visitors from abroad.
About the organization
Nara Wellness Tourism (Wellness Inbound Association) is a non-profit organization providing private tourist, families, corporate retreats, etc. with unique and detailed (not touristy) experiences of Nara. https://www.gonarastay.com/ They help Nara-based shrines, temples, ryokans, stores, and individuals, etc. to be recognized globally.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to ウェルネスインバウンド協会.
Dye, drier and bowl One scarf or two handkerchieves (you can take it home)
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Where you'll be
The class is situated in "Naramachi", the historic area within the ancient precinct of Gangoji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Gangoji was the first Buddhist temple in Japan, but most of the buildings were destroyed in a big fire in 1451. After that, people began to build houses in this area and it became a town of merchants. Why not enjoy even a short promenade and shopping around this historic area after or before the class?
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 6 guests ages 5 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Normally your clothes will not get dirty by dye colors. Can also prepare for you an apron on request. Total time may become shorter or longer (max approx. 30minutes) depending on total # of guests.
♒Learn Trad. Japanese ScarfDyeing