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♒Learn Trad. Japanese ScarfDyeing

奈良市, Japan

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Experience hosted by Michiko And Toshiko

3 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

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. In our class, not only you can create your own colors and patterns, also you can select traditional colors from Nara era=around 8C (see the dye color sample chart).
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!
Other things to note
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.
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. In our class, not only yo…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    One scarf or two handkerchieves (you can take it home)
From $35
/ person
Fri, Nov 27
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$35 per person
$35 per person
Mon, Nov 30
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$35 per person
$35 per person
Tue, Dec 1
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$35 per person
$35 per person

Meet your host, Michiko And Toshiko

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 35 Reviews
  • Identity verified
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.
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About the organization: ウェルネスインバウンド協会



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.

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?

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 35 reviews.

Gwen
July 2020
We had so much fun dying our own scarves, Michiko and Toshiko were the sweetest ladies! I hope one day we can visit their shop again!
Adri
March 2020
My (9yo) daughter and I really enjoyed our time with Michiko and Toshiko. They were friendly and helpful. The course was interesting and very achievable. It was a great introduction to fabric dying and a wonderful cultural experience working with such knowledgeable crafts people. I would recommend this course to anybody in doing something creative and different. It is good for families too.
My (9yo) daughter and I really enjoyed our time with Michiko and Toshiko. They were friendly and helpful. The course was interesting and very achievable. It was a great introductio…
Sirena
March 2020
This was such a wonderful experience. Despite the language barrier, communication with Michiko and Toshiko wasn’t a problem! They cared a lot about us learning the dye process and giving us the time to dye at our own pace. We chose a more challenging pattern but Michiko and Toshiko were very patient. Their amazing and upbeat attitude left me in high spirits long after the class was over!
This was such a wonderful experience. Despite the language barrier, communication with Michiko and Toshiko wasn’t a problem! They cared a lot about us learning the dye process and…
Gemma
February 2020
Michiko and Toshiko were super welcoming and even though we didn’t speak Japanese, they both worked actively to help us out. Not only using a translation app, but having set information already printed in English. We wished we could have attended more classes, it was so much fun. Lots of laughs were shared and it was a wonderful experience. Would recommend it to anyone!
Michiko and Toshiko were super welcoming and even though we didn’t speak Japanese, they both worked actively to help us out. Not only using a translation app, but having set inform…
XiaoTong
November 2019
Michiko and Toshiko dont really speak English, but there is no issue for us to connect and share idea, they are very encouraging and accommodating, we are very happy with the scarf that we made. They gave us some tangerines and Nara deer key chain before we left. Highly recommended to everyone.
Michiko and Toshiko dont really speak English, but there is no issue for us to connect and share idea, they are very encouraging and accommodating, we are very happy with the scarf…
Lara
November 2019
It was a great first experience of the basic Bengara dyeing technique. We shared some laughs and it was fun working together to create the scarf. Michiko and Toshiko were very friendly and welcoming. It was a great experience connecting with locals from Nara.
It was a great first experience of the basic Bengara dyeing technique. We shared some laughs and it was fun working together to create the scarf. Michiko and Toshiko were very frie…

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  • Fri, Nov 27
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Mon, Nov 30
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Tue, Dec 1
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Wed, Dec 2
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Thu, Dec 3
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Fri, Dec 4
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Mon, Dec 7
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Tue, Dec 8
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    $35 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 5 and up can attend.