Each day contained more dyeing lessons and learning new techniques. Bryan often showed more of his collection, which included examples of what we would be learning to do.
We could not help getting excited about the artistry and level of creativity involved in these fabrics. He pointed out which techniques we would be learning.
The following pictures are examples of some of the work we did in the workshop.
Bryan in one of his cut up moments, modeling one of the classes scarves.
One of the field trips was to a nearby chicken restaurant. We had the image of the typical chicken fast food joint in mind (or if you are from North Texas, think "Babes") and what a surprise when we walked into this oasis of tranquility.
When we entered we realized this was not the typical U.S. restaurant, irregardless of the menu. The grounds were comprised of about a dozen separate buildings, each one containing a single dining room for one group of people. The buildings were separated by beautiful gardens, bridges and water features.
Eventually we arrived at our group's house and dining room.
Observing Japanese custom, we removed our shoes in the foyer and then entered the dining room. This time there were chairs to sit in rather than on cushions around a low table.
Two of the walls were all glass, looking out onto the gardens which were lit after dark.
Debbie of course noticed the design on the chair cushions.
Each dining house had its own serving staff who dressed in traditional Japanese style and moved between the house and wherever the kitchen was. We were served numerous courses, some of which we could not identify (we'll take better notes next time) but all were delicious. Some of them follow:
Of course chicken was the main event. A server brought in a bucket of hot coals and poured them into the depressions in the middle the table. They then brought in potatoes and chicken on skewers which we then each grilled.
Dessert was semi-sweet bean paste wrapped in green tea, a nice ending to a great dinner. The Japanese are not big on sweets and this treat was about as sweet as we would encounter.
The evening ended with a group of very full diners winding their way back to the parking lot detouring at a small museum at the restaurant where we saw some antique samurai costumes.
This little one was for sale at the entry.
There is still more dyeing fun to come as well as our class in ikebana flower arranging. Watch for the next post.
Debbie and David