Our Aim 

Through this international gathering, we aim to encourage the study, practice, and innovation of shibori and other similar textile art forms. This year, we consider the possibilities of design through applications of technology, including scientific analysis of traditional processesTECHNOLOGY SHAPED BY CREATIVITY.

Symposium events are organized into five areas of focus. Presentations, workshops, and exhibitions will offer perspectives from these five viewpoints  to create a diverse and engaging platform for discourse.

  • Art and Fashion
  • Animal ‘fiber’
  • Metallics
  • Polymer tannins
  • Tradition


  • Michel GARCIA (FR), Botanist; Natural Dye Chemist; Founder, Assoc. Couleur Garance, Lauris
  • Rta Kapur CHISHTI (INDIA), Author; Researcher; Founder, Ananda Textile Developments Pvt Ltd., Curator, “Khadi: Fabric of Freedom” 
  • Jack Lenor LARSEN (USA), Textile Designer, Author and Collector, Long House Reserve, NY
  • Makiko MINAGAWA (JPN), Director of Textile Design at Issey Miyake Design Studio and Director of “Haat”
  • Xiao-Ming TAO (HK), Chair Professor of Textile Technology, Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Feng ZHAO (CHINA), Expert on Chinese Archaeological Textiles; Director, China National Silk Museum

Our Hosts 

The World Shibori Network is pleased to collaborate with the Institute of Textiles & Clothing (ITC) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China. The ITC offers first-rate facilities and technicians and is an outstanding representation of the symposium theme. True to their motto, ITC is “Where technology meets application.”

Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

World Shibori Network

Hong Kong Design Institute

Your Co-Chairs

Kinor Jiang, Associate Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, President, World Shibori Network

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