7th ISS '08 - France
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  • Conference-Tour Program: 30 Oct - 10 Nov 2008
  • Lyon Symposium (half day): 04 Nov @ Université Lumière Lyon2
  • Paris Symposium (2-day): 8,9 Nov @ musée du quai Branly 
  • Symposium Public Program: 8 Nov night @ musée du quai Branly



Paris American Academy & World Shibori Network present the 7th International Shibori Symposium, a multicity event celebrating shibori's dynamic connections across the world - bridging cultures, languages, and nature across time. This event is a unique site-specific symposium from Provence to Lyon to Paris touring some of France's fabled towns and cities whose textile traditions and material culture remain steeped within the earth. 

Not Your Ordinary Tour. Peter Carman, President and Executive Director of the Paris American Academy, and Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, President of the World Shibori Network-World, have combined their expertise in textiles and group French study abroad & travel to create a specially designed, thoughtfully planned itinerary made expressly for the ISS participant in mind. The included activities take advantage of longstanding contacts with important French institutions and colleagues. Many of our program activities would not be available to the general population. 

Symposium plenary sessions in Paris will be held on the new grounds of the Musée du quai Branly, located in the heart of Paris' museum land and designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel. Lyon plenary sessions will be held on the modern campus of the Université Lumière Lyon 2.

Continue to SHIBORI: Textiles in Nature for more on this year's theme. 



The ISS is an event of the World Shibori Network, a grass roots organization founded in Japan in 1992 and dedicated to the preservation of shibori and similar traditional techniques across the globe. This, their 7th symposium, is co-organized with the Paris American Academy and is hosted by the musée du quai Branly, Paris, and by the Université Lumiere Lyon 2. Learn about the previous symposia by visiting the World Shibori Network website www.shibori.org, tab "symposium".  



Shibori is the collective term in Japanese for tie-dye, stitch-dye, fold-dye, pole wrap-dye, etc. The most common English translation is "tie-dye"; however, a more accurate and encompassing translation is "shaped resist dyeing," which describes the inherent patterning process of manipulating the two-dimensional cloth surface into three-dimensional shapes before compressing them to dye. For more information, visit www.shibori.org.