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Spring 2014 Workshops

Made By Hand: Asian Textiles textiles  

What are the distinctive handicrafts and decorative arts of various regions and cultures of Asia? What techniques do they use, and what do they tell us about taste, style, and tradition? In this series of hands-on workshops, participants will explore the history and aesthetics of various Asian crafts. Skilled workshop leaders will discuss key principles and demonstrate basic techniques – and participants will be invited to create objects of their own!

The following three workshops are presented in conjunction with our Spring 2014 exhibition Seas of Blue: Asian Indigo Dye.

Ticket Info:
Fee includes all materials, but participants are requested to bring their own scissors and a 12-inch ruler. Space is limited. Registration is required. 

General: $40 / Each Session
Faculty: $30 / Each Session
Students: $20 / Each Session

For your convenience, all workshops will be offered twice, in morning and afternoon sessions.



    korean weaving workshop  Patchwork by Hand: Korean Pojagi 
Friday, June 13, 2014 
Session 1: 10AM - 1PM
Session 2: 2PM - 5PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Taught by Wonju Seo, an artist featured in the Seas of Blue exhibition. In this workshop, participants will explore unique Korean summer fabrics, and learn how to include Korean pojagi in their everyday lives. The traditional aesthetics of pojagi will be compared to both traditional American quilts and contemporary abstract painting. 

Ticket Purchase / Reservation
Ticket fees include all workshop materials. As such, we strongly recommend advance ticket purchase. We will be unable to guarantee admission or availability of materials without advance payment. 

Please click the button below to be directed to our online payment system. If you wish to register without payment (note that admission is not guaranteed), please click here to be directed to our reservation sheet


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Weaving by Hand: Indonesian Textile Ulos
Friday, March 14, 2014
Session 1     10AM-1 PM
Session 2      2PM-5 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Taught by Merdi Sihombing, an artist whose work was featured in the Seas of Blue: Asian Indigo Dye exhibition. Mr. Sihombing is a renowned Indonesian fashion designer who devotes his artistry, innovation, and energy to designs employing traditional Ulos woven fabric. In this workshop, participants learned about the rich history of Indonesian textiles, and was introduced to various weaving techniques used to create gorgeous traditional Indonesian textiles.

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Stitches by Hand: Japanese Sashiko on Indigo Textiles
Friday, May 9, 2014
Session 1     10AM-1 PM
Session 2      2PM-5 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching or functional embroidery from Japan. Although traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running-stitch technique is now often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. While The use of white cotton thread on traditional indigo blue cloth gives most sashiko its distinctive appearance. Taught by local artist, Judy Doenias, this hand-on workshop enhanced participants’ appreciation of the exhibition Seas of Blue: Asian Indigo Dye.

Tea Talk: Appreciation and Perspectives of Asian Tea   Tea talk poster


Tea, in its many varieties, is central to culture, cuisine, and daily life. One of the first major commodities to be exported from Asia to the West, it has also played a crucial role in world economic and political history.

This series of lectures offered a rich blend of ideas and perspectives on tea in Asia. Speakers discussed various tea rituals; tea culture and connoisseurship; the economics and history of tea; and tea varieties and preparations. Tea tastings were offered at each lecture.


Chinese Tea Drunk by Shunan Teng
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Shunan Teng provided a history of tea in China, discussed the distinctions between six different types of teas, and explained proper tea etiquette, including the use of traditional utensils. Teng is an expert on traditional Chinese tea, having backpacked to most of the tea producing regions of China herself. As the owner of one-of-a-kind NYC tea house Tea Drunk, which exclusively offers authentic single-origin tea, it is her mission to introduce authentic premium Chinese tea to the rest of the world by educating one tea enthusiast at a time. Teng’s work bridges divides between Chinese and Western culture, showing that consuming Chinese tea in the traditional way offers insights into the deep and dynamic culture of China itself.

Japanese Tea Whisk by Souheki Mori
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Souheki Mori believes that within the Japanese tea ceremony is a force invisible and precious, and that the practice of the tea ceremony is a path to spiritual growth. In the workshop, Mori performed a tea ceremony, and explained the history and symbolism of this practice.

Souheki Mori was born in Chiba, Japan. Trained with the Japan Association of the Tea Ceremony, Mori holds the title of Jufuku-an, and is certified as a Japanese tea ceremony teacher. Upon coming to New York in 2011, she set up Tea Whisk, an organization that introduces the beauty of the Japanese Tea Ceremony to America. She has conducted Japanese tea ceremonies at venues including the American Museum of Natural History, Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall (for Japan Week 2012), Queens College, Harney & Sons SoHo, and Japanese tea house KeiSui-a.

The Korean Way of Tea by Jaenam Kim
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 1:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

This session invited participants to experience two traditional Korean approaches to tea: the ritual tea ceremony Cha-rye, and the “way of tea” practice Da-do.

Cha-rye is part of Korea’s most important holiday, Chuseok or “Harvest Full Moon.” On this day, Koreans travel to visit their parents and offer the first harvest of the year to their ancestors. The offering is called Cha-rye because tea represents the best of this offering. In contrast to Cha-ryeDa-Do is an ordinary part of daily Korean life. This meditative practice of preparing, serving, and drinking tea is conducted according to ‘natural’ cycles of birth, growth, harvest, and rest (or spring, summer, autumn, and winter).

Both Cha-rye and Da-do was presented by Jaenam Kim. Kim has given numerous lectures and workshops on Korean tea at numerous Buddhist temples, and at prestigious venues including Princeton University and the Korean Cultural Service in New York.


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