Handcrafters & Artisans Alliance 2018 Events…

Yayoi Shibori will be participating in the Handcrafters & Artisans Alliance 2018 Events as follows:

Pacific Islands Arts Festival on January 20-21 from 8:30am – 4:00pm

Waikiki Artfest on February 24-25 from 8:30am – 4:00pm

Waikiki Artfest on March 30 – April 1 from 8:30am – 4:00pm

Waikiki Artfest on May 19-20 from 8:30am – 4:00pm

Waikiki Artfest on September 22-23 from 8:30am – 4:00pm

The above-mentioned events are held at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki.  There will be approximately 65 artisans participating this year.  There will be food, beverages and live Hawaiian music.  Please join us!



YAYOI SHIBORI to participate in the Temari Hawaii’s 36th Trash & Treasure Craft Fair on November 5, 2017.

You are invited to attend the Temari Hawaii’s 36th Trash and Treasure Craft Fair on Sunday, November 5, 2017.  The event will be held at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) located at 2454 S. Beretania Street.  The hours are as follows:

8:00am – 9:00am Temari members and JCCH Members Only.  9:00am – 1:00pm Open to the General Public.

“Never your ordinary craft fair.  Featuring the finest arts, crafts and collectibles.”  There is parking available in the JCCH building.

Hope to see everyone there!

Something to do in February 2017…

Please visit YAYOI SHIBORI – Hand-dyed in Hawaii at the Handcrafters & Artisans Alliance Waikiki Artfest on February 25 and 26, Saturday and Sunday.  The Waikiki Artfest is being held at beautiful Kapiolani Park between 9am and 4pm.  YAYOI SHIBORI can be found near the duck pond.  We look forward to seeing you.  It should prove to be a fun outing for the entire family – art, food, and entertainment.

YAYOI SHIBORI – Hand-dyed in Hawaii will feature Shibori tees, tanks, dresses and homewares.  All items are individually hand-dyed in indigo.

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Hopefully the weather will be calm and sunny for a fun shopping experience in the Park.



The Golden Shiborettes…

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The Golden Shiborettes, from left to right, Aileen, Flo and Amy, wearing their YAYOI SHIBORI designed tees and tank.  The Golden Shiborettes coordinated their outfits and wore them to the A&B luncheon at the Oahu Country Club on June 27.  Looking beautiful ladies!!!




Our Sweet Little Noah…

YAYOI SHIBORI – Hand-dyed Hawaii would like to say “ALOHA” to our sweet little Noah!  We had to bid farewell to our Chihuahua Noah last night – June 15th.  We will miss you Noah and remember you with love always!  You are so loved, please rest now, until we meet again!  008

Handcrafters & Artisans Alliance Waikiki Artfest

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Yayoi Shibori – Hand-dyed in Hawaii will be participating in the Handcrafters & Artisans Alliance Waikiki Artfest again on the weekends of June 25 &26 and August 27 & 28, 2016.  The Artfest is located at Kapiolani Park across from Waikiki Beach.

The Handcrafters & Artisans Alliance is a non-profit trade association of handcrafters & artists in Hawaii.  It offers various venues for its trade to market their works.

You are invited to visit the HAA Waikiki Artfests, meet the talented artisans and see the vast array of quality arts and crafts made in Hawaii.


YAYOI SHIBORI: Hand-dyed in Hawaii


YAYOI SHIBORI:  Hand-dyed in Hawaii officially opened for business on March 3, 2016.  March 3rd holds special significance for me, so I’m thrilled how everything came together to make the opening happen by this date.  Please visit my Etsy.com store by using the link:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/yayoishibori.  The shop is still evolving and I must work hard to publish more of my work.  I have a goal of listing at least a 100 items for sale

YAYOI SHIBORI features tees, sleeveless tees, silk scarves and Shibori wraps and bags.  Every item in the shop is individually hand-dyed by me, Yayoi.  I use a hand-dyeing technique known throughout the world as Shibori.  “Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing.  The word comes from the verb root shiboru, ‘to wring, squeeze, press.'” p. 7 from “Shibori:  The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing.” by Wada, Rice & Barton.

There are a various methods of Shibori – Arashi, Itajime and Kumo to name a few.  I currently only use these methods in my work.  I hope to incorporate some of the Nui Shibori in the future.


The above sleeveless tee was hand-dyed utilizing the Arashi Shibori technique.  This by far is my favorite technique.  Arashi Shibori involves wrapping cloth diagonally with string around a pole.  I use an industrial PVC pipe to achieve the “rain storm” pattern.  It is always a “surprise” to see the cloth being unwrapped and the print finally revealed.

It’s what I call “Shibori Magic.”


This is a view of beautiful Waikiki Beach from our hotel room at the Hyatt this past Easter Sunday.

I am a member of the Handcrafters & Artisans Alliance.  The HAA is a non-profit trade association of handcrafters and artists in Hawaii.  The HAA sponsors an almost monthly Waikiki Artfest at Kapiolani Park located in beautiful Waikiki.  You can find us near the Honolulu Zoo end of Kapiolani park, across from Waikiki Beach along Kalakaua Avenue.  There is metered parking available.  The schedule for upcoming Waikiki Artfests follows:

May 21, 2016 – Saturday

June 25-26, 2016 – Saturday & Sunday

August 27-28, 2016 – Saturday & Sunday

Hours:  9am to 4pm

There is a wonderful guitarist (I will have to re-post his name at a later date), who entertains everyone.  And there is a shave ice, smoothie, soft drink and snack booth located near the pond.  Our booth, #45, is located near the pond as well.  Please join us on the above-mentioned dates, and I look forward to meeting you in person!  Its a nice way to spend part of your weekend!



In the meantime, I’ll be out in my back garden hanging up my Shibori work to air dry.  The weather has been perfect for Shibori dyeing in recent weeks.  Have a great month of April!

Next time, we will discuss Itajime Shibori techniques.

The Handcrafters and Artisans Alliance (HAA) Waikiki Artfest was held yesterday on May 21st.  It was the very first Artfest for YAYOI SHIBORI – Hand-dyed in Hawaii, and it was a great time!  My husband Richard was a great support and helper!  Thank you Richard!  Also, I want to thank my friend Jean Lin in New Jersey for all her advice, support and inspiration for YAYOI SHIBORI to get into gear for its first Artfest.  Jean Lin is the Owner/Designer of La Muse Kalliope.  Please visit her website at http://www.Lamusekalliope.com to discover the world of Les Musettes and Interactive Dragon Monsters.   Also I want to thank Gigi for mentioning YAYOI SHIBORI in her fabulous blog http://www.GIGIhawaii.wordpress.com.  Please visit her blog and explore the world of GIGIhawaii.

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It was a windy, sunny day with the occasional sprinkling of rain.  It was fun to meet other Shibori enthusiasts and making new fans of Shibori.  I especially loved sharing the Shibori hand-dyeing process with customers.


My Uncle Joe Nehl of KOA JOES was in the booth next door.  He has been doing Koa Woodworking for many years and has been doing the HAA Artfests for over 11 years.  Thank you to Uncle Joe for introducing me to the HAA.