Learn the ancient processes of harvesting, cooking, retting, and rinsing kudzu vine fiber. This lustrous, dynamic fiber has been used for thousands of years in various parts of Asia to make rope, cloth, and paper. Join us in exploring the vast story kudzu has to tell us, and bring your ideas of how its fibers can be used for fiber art!
This group of kudzu co-conspirators will guide workshop participants in hands-on kudzu vine processing throughout the morning. We will begin the day harvesting in a nearby urban kudzu patch, and then work together to rinse already retted fiber (retted means “rotted,” so prepare for a stink!). Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and a little messy.
Hear the story of kudzu, an intriguing tale of many layers, and discover the culinary and medicinal benefits of kudzu root starch. Try samples of dishes crafted with our own, locally made kudzu starch! Then, work with processed kudzu fibers to explore how the material responds to various manipulations. Pre-processed fibers will be provided for participants to make a woven bookmark or bracelet on a DIY cardboard loom.