Starting new year with another great workshop – “Textile, Fashion and Environment”! The project “Agricultural waste as raw textile and design material in the municipality of Kochani” included workshops in which our participants took part led by mentors. In this case, to our great gratitude, the mentor of this workshop was the designer Irina Tosheva.
Irina Tosheva is known for her fashion pieces and her desire to make changes through fashion, to enable quality, and to contribute to the economy, ecology, and harmony in society.
Our main task was to embroider the textile with the Shibori technique. The term “shibori” means “squeezing, turning, pressing.” The Shibori technique is considered one of the oldest dyeing techniques in Japan, dating back to the 7th century. Most often, the fabric is twisted, folded, sewn, or tied with the help of strings, ribbons, clamps, etc., so that the material acquires shades of the given color.
For this purpose, we have chosen sustainable cotton and dyed it with a rice husk, straw, onion, and turmeric. Irina Tosheva gave an excellent introduction to Shibori and how it’s done. Each participant received their material and a different coloring technique.
What’s our next step? Get ready to see beautiful pieces of clothing with a unique design from the Shibori technique because, for the next workshop, we will be doing that exactly.
Educational activities for youth are supported by the project @obrazovanie_za_vrabotuvanje, a Swiss government supported project.
The project is carried out by the Macedonian Fashion Association and the Association of Citizens for Cultural and Artistic Activities Odonata @odonata_association_. The project is implemented within the framework of the Regional Program for Local Democracy in the Western Balkans 2 – ReLOaD2 is financed by the Delegation of the European Union, Skopje, and it is implemented by the UNDP North Macedonia.