Takayuki Ishii

29th May 2021

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We are delighted to announce a series of Three Day Workshops for 2024 with Japanese indigo master, Takayuki Ishii.


Three Day Workshop

Dates : 4th - 6th March 2024
Price : 690 USD
Time :
Maximum participants : 12
Location : Rusters - @rustersbali

Jl. Raya Kengetan 44, Ubud, Bali 80571

Contents : This technique involves stitching Shibori, dyeing with indigo and then drawing with natural ink on the areas left white.

Day 1 / Shibori
Day 2 / Shibori & dyeing
Day 3 / Drawing with Pine soot


Three Day Workshop

Dates : 8th -10th of March 2024
Price : 690 USD
Time :
Maximum participants : 12
Location : Rusters - @rustersbali
Jl. Raya Kengetan 44, Ubud, Bali 80571

Contents : This technique is used to dye a pattern like a turtle's shell which is folded intricately like origami to create a unique color gradation.

Day 1 / Shibori
Day 2 / Shibori
Day 3 / Dyeing


Three Day Workshop

Dates : 15th - 17th March 2024
Price : 690 USD
Time : 10:00-16:00
Maximum participants : 12
Location : Rusters - @rustersbali
Jl. Raya Kengetan 44, Ubud, Bali 80571

Contents : This is a modern technique in which several layers of fabric are folded together to create a colour gradation.

Day1 / Shibori
Day2 / Shibori
Day3 / Dyeing

Our Indigo vats are made with palm sugar and our indigo leaves are harvested by hand in the forest in Payangan.

Takayuki Ishii

An indigo dye artisan, Takayuki was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
He owns a workshop in the mountainous area of Kanagawa Prefecture, where he runs an indigo dyeing company called Awonoyoh where they focus on using traditional techniques and natural materials.

He started contemplating a more sustainable life after the nuclear power plant accident after the Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 and immediately thought of indigo dyeing. Polluted water used in chemical dyeing flows through the rivers to the sea and destroys the natural ecosystem, however, the indigo dye that he uses is regenerative and the waste materials and water from his process can become fertilizer for the land or food for the fish.

He began studying indigo dyeing at a workshop in Tokyo and from there continued to travel all across Japan participating in a wide range of indigo dye workshops. He acquired a wealth of knowledge and techniques and has mastered all the processes within traditional Japanese textile dyeing, including spinning yarn, making fabric, katazome, shibori, tsutsugaki and batik.

Currently there are only six artisans who produce the raw material for indigo dye (sukumo) in Japan. The aging of the Japanese population has made it even more difficult to obtain sukumo every year which is a considerable problem for the Japanese textile industry. Takayuki grows the indigo plants and produces sukumo by himself to preserve the traditional method of indigo dyeing. He passes on his knowledge to many people and works hard to preserve the traditional way of Japanese textile dyeing.

If you want to learn more, visit his Instagram here.

Pricing & Payment

Pricing is $690 USD per guest and can be paid in one full or two installments, where the first installment is a 50% non-refundable deposit.
Full payment needs to be made before the end of 31st of December 2023.

Booking : Please message us on whatsapp +62 811-3837-741 with the following details... Workshop name, dates you wish to attend, full name of participant/s, your contact email, your whatsapp and any dietary requirements.

Payment : You can pay directly at Rüsters by cash, card or pay via bank transfer. Please also let us know in the booking message what payment method you prefer and we will arrange it.

Included with the workshop

Textile Course : Coursework in chosen subject.

Textile : Textile is provided for dyeing during each course.

Meals : Lunch incl. 1 non-alcoholic beverage per person will be offered every day of the course at Rüster's Warung, Club Soto

Support : Rüsters will guide this experience in partnership with guides and hosts. We will be available in the months leading up to the trip to help you prepare so if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us via rustersbali@gmail.com or whatsapp +62 811-3837-741

Additional Expenses

Beverages :
The workshops do not cover the cost of alcoholic beverages.

Airfare : Guests coming from abroad will be responsible for all travel expenses.

Accommodation : Guests will need to provide their own accommodation during the workshop period.

Personal Travel Insurance : Personal travel insurance is required for this trip for guests coming from abroad. Please select an insurance provider that covers medical emergencies, theft, and trip cancellations.

Extra Excursions and Meals : During scheduled free time in the mornings and afternoons guests will be responsible for any incurred expenses including shopping, medicine, snacks, etc.

Other Important Information

Vaccinations :
Please check your government’s current vaccination recommendations for Indonesia before preparing for your travel.

‍Visas :
A visa on arrival is required for entering Bali.
Please look into visa requirements before arrival.

Passport Validity :
Your Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia and you must have at least one empty page in your passport book.

Clothing :
Comfortable clothing for our tropical climate is essential. Aprons will be provided during classes.