Barbara Setsu and Michael Tadao have been a collaborative family team since 2005. Barbara Setsu is third generation and Michael Tadao is forth generation Japanese American. Both have studied and practice the traditional shibori techniques from Arimatsu and Kyoto, Japan.
Barbara Setsu has over forty years of dyeing experience. She is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art at the University of Oregon and has taught Japanese dyeing techniques there and at conferences and workshops throughout the country for many years.
Michael started indigo dyeing when he was 3 years old. After earning his degrees in Economics and Business, he turned his energies to working creatively alongside his mother. He has assisted world-renown shibori artist Yoshiko Wada and has gone on to innovate new folds and resist methods.
Shibori is the Japanese art of making rich patterns and textures on cloth by pressure resists. Traditional Shibori techniques date from as early as 8th century Japan. The Shibori textile arts are very labor intensive in their dying and the creation process that relies on the silk’s ability to have a memory, this is essential to the designs of Shibori.