Kasuri Dyeworks

I am very sad to inform our “Road” family that Koji Wada of Kasuri Dyeworks passed away on January 24. He was very ill at the last conference and unable to be in his booth or present his lecture. He really enjoyed showing and sharing his knowledge and love of the traditional Japanese textiles. We will all miss him and our thoughts and prayers go to Debby.

5 thoughts on “Kasuri Dyeworks

  1. Anonymous

    I was on my computer looking for something about Kasuri Dyeworks, and found your note about Mr. Wada. I had the pleasure of spending some time in his shop a number of years ago and browsing among all the beautiful fabrics before selecting a beautiful piece of cotton shibori to purchase. He spent a lot of time with his customers. I was saddened when they closed the shop, but am saddened even more to learn of his death. The shibori world and art of Japanese fabrics and kimonos world will miss his presence.
    Kay from Florida

  2. Anonymous

    I first met Koji Wada in January 2003 when he brought a trunk show to the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California. His lively personality and wealth of knowledge about Japanese fabrics made for a memorable event. I collected his autograph in my copy of Kitty Pippen’s book and, of course, began a special collection of kimono silks with my purchases that day. It was always fun to find him and his wife at quilt shows and ogle the gorgeous fabrics he brought. The quilt world is a lesser place without him.

  3. John Dendy

    I was updating our studio website to xhtml and checking the links when I found your notice of Koji Wada’s death. Elaine and I met him at the Puyallop “SewExpo” in 2004. His presentation on the demise of traditional Japanese textiles was my introduction to the field. He held the audience spellbound. A very great loss.

  4. Anonymous

    Kasuri Dyeworks was an amazing shop and Koji and Debbie were the most incredible hosts. The quality of their wares was outstanding and the attention, interest, and scholarship they exhibited was tremendous. Our extended family shopped there regularly. The material for the magnificent shibori vest over my wedding dress came from them and would have been impossible to contemplate without their guidance; they even found the seamstress who specialized in designing and sewing shibori. Family would shop there when they visited from out of town. We still miss the store and will remember Koji with great affection.

  5. Rubenstein

    The Berkeley store was a wonderful place, the fabric beautiful, and Koji and Debbie so welcoming. I still have fabric and a metal screen from the store, and it brings fond memories. So, sending condolences very belatedly as I just read the news. All the best from Deborah in Berkeley.

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