Artsy families will love the Asakusa Wanariya indigo dyeing and weaving workshop. You can indigo tie-dye (Aizome -藍染) a shirt, scarf, bag and more. If you have a piece of cloth at home or garment, you would like to dye you can also bring that in to try the art. The dyeing takes about 60 mins, so add to a visit to Sensoji in Asakusa (our favorites) or a visit to Kappabashi Kitchen Town (make plastic food). Wanariya also offer Japanese weaving workshops. Drop-ins are ok, but always best to make an appointment. Adults to kids will love the aizome experience. The super kid-friendly staff speaks basic English. Groups of up to 45 are accepted for dying (great for school or team event) and up to six for weaving.
Asakusa Wanariya Indigo Dyeing and Weaving Workshop – Tie-Dye With Japanese Indigo
When you first enter the adorable shop, you will choose which item you would like to dye. There are shirts (t-shirts, and dress shirts for kids and adults), handkerchiefs, scarves, bags and more. The cost of the item you are dyeing includes the fee for the class. My five year old made a handkerchief for 1,920 yen. Older kids may want to make a T-shirt which runs about 3,600-5,000 yen depending on size. I will be return sans kids to make a stole for 4,280 yen. Wanariya workshop provides the aprons, gloves, and protection for your shoes. Although we did not get dirty once could, so I would wear something you don’t mind possibly getting dyed.
If you would like to write on your items in words or create a specific drawing you can use hot wet before indigo dying. However, this is an additional 1,500 yen and takes 30 mins additional (90 mins to complete project).
Weaving (Hataori) is also available for up to six people. You can make a pair of coasters fro 1,980 yen or a placemat for 3,980 yen. The necessary time is 60 mins and reservations are necessary.
I would recommend emailing for reservations. Best communication in English seems to be written. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
**Note: There is a cute little cafe across the street (Fuji Cafe) that sells a nice lunch set and great coffee. They have a very friendly Shiba dog in the cafe that was great entertainment for my little one.
Asakusa Wanariya Details
Location: 1-8-10 Sengoku, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
Access: 10 mins walk from Iriya Station (Exit 1) on the Hibiya Line, 10 min walk from Asakusa Station (Exit A2) on the Tsukuba Express; there are few public parking areas around the shop for cars
Website: www.wanariya.jp (in English)
Asakusa Wanariya Indigo Dyeing and Weaving Workshop
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