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Shibori: Eighth-century Japanese art taught at ACGC

Published 04/23/2011, West Central Tribune

After stirring it in a vat of indigo dye for several minutes Tuesday morning, Carol Gustavson lifts a piece of fabric from the nearly black liquid. She holds the cloth and blows on the rows of bulges where the material has been gathered and tied. The deep blue on the cloth begins to turn green. It’s magic, art, tradition and science. A teachable moment. It’s also shibori, a Japanese art that dates to the 8th century. Gustavson has been teaching students at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Junior and Senior High School in Grove City the basics of the textile art for the past two weeks.

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