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Shimenawa Making

December 12, 2020 - January 31, 2021

In Japanese Shinto traditions, “Shimenawa,” – ornamental woven rice straw is used to define sacred space. We are offering a hands-on “Shimenawa” workshop via Zoom with the artist Rimiko Berreman who will showcase local tule that she has collected.

For the Pomo and Miwok tribes, tule is often used in the ceremonial head pieces and dance costumes. It is also used in making houses, clothing, mats, baskets, and tools. Rimiko is a board member of The Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin. She has been working with tule since 2004, honoring the Native American tradition of making baskets, boats, “Kotcha” (house) and, rope. We are thrilled to share their art in the end of year program.

Shimenawa is seen in Japanese Shinto Shrines at the altar, surrounding rocks, and trees, in presentation of sacred space. It is also often used in the home to welcome the New Year.

Rimiko has created a workshop especially for us showcasing her step-by-step method using the unique characteristics of tule.  When tule is dry, it is fragile but when it is wet, it feels similar to leather. While traditional Shimenawa rice straw weaving requires quite a bit of skill, we are able to utilize tule and its properties easily to create our own Shimenawa piece. 

The workshop is 90 minutes and will be conducted as a private lesson on zoom with the artist, Rimiko Berreman and facilitator, Maki Aizawa

The materials are hand-picked by Rimiko in California. 

*Our Shimenawa lessons are full for this year. We will keep updating you with our latest events!



December 12, 2020
January 31