4th China Study Tour: Shanghai + Natural Dye Forum option in Hangzhou + Yi Minority Autonomous Region

last updated 24 April 2019


Shanghai & Surrounds → Hangzhou →  Yi Autonomous Region
May 2019
Led by Yoshiko I. Wada

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, president of World Shibori Network, founder of Slow Fiber Studios, and co-chair of the 9th International Shibori Symposium with Dr. Zhao Feng at the CNSM, leads the 4th China Study Tour offered in three parts (Tours A, B, and C). Participants will be immersed in heritage art, contemporary design, regional craft, and remote cultures as they explore internationally influential cities in western China and remote ethnic sites in southwest regions. Visit the cities of Shanghai, Chongming, and Suzhou with highlights at Jin Ze Arts Centre on Tour A. In Tour B, attend the first Biennale of Natural Dyes (BoND) at the China National Silk Museum (CNSM) in Hangzhou. In tour C, explore first-hand the lives of minority groups in the Yi Minority Autonomous Region, including Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan.

Tour A: Shanghai and surrounding areas in Jin Ze Town and Suzhou as well as a TUBU weaving village on Chongming Island (meet on 12 May at Shanghai Hotel, last evening transit to Hangzhou 18 May, and ends in the morning of 19 May at Hangzhou)

12 May – 18 May 2019 (7 nights)

We recommend tour participants to arrive one day early on 11 May. Please reserve accommodations at Central Hotel Shanghai.

Led by Yoshiko I. Wada. Tour Cost: $2,450.00 USD
Additional Single Supplement Accommodation: $450.00 USD

Tour B: Hangzhou (meet on 19 May at Hangzhou Hotel, 7 Nights, last morning on 26 May, flight to Southwest China for Tour C or on your own destinations)

Option: attend Biennale of Natural Dyes (BoND) at the China National Silk Museum (CNSM) 20 May – 24 May. Registration for BoND is separate from tour and accomplished by registrant. Print or download the BoND itinerary for more information about the symposium, natural dye workshops, contemporary dye exhibition, and registration forms. BoND registration forms are to be completed and emailed to liujian@gmail.com. Registration for master natural dye workshops at BoND will be processed through Slow Fiber Studios.

19 May – 26 May 2019 (7 nights)

Accommodations and a half day tour in Hangzhou and a special dinner in the Amanfayun property

Led by Yoshiko I. Wada. Tour Cost: $825.00 USD
Additional Single Supplement Accommodation: $290.00 USD

Tour C: Yi Minority Autonomous Region of Liangshan in southwest China (depart from Hangzhou on 26 May, tour ends in Kunming, Yunnan on the night of 01 June, depart for own destination on 02 June)

26 May – 2 June 2019 (8 days + 7 nights)

Led by Yoshiko I. Wada, and accompanied by a Chinese scholar on Yi Minority Culture, a translator guide for Yi dialects, and an English translator textile guide. Tour Cost ALL INCLUSIVE: $3,150.00 (7 nights hotel, all meals, 2 domestic airline tickets, all transportations from Hangzhou Hotel to Kunming Hotel on June 01 with a chartered coach, entry fees mentioned in itinerary.)
Additional Single Supplement Accommodation: $375.00 USD

RE: BoND & Tour B:

As is customary to an institution in China, CNSM is not yet fully prepared to receive international participants. They have recently published the daily program and workshop schedule.

As a result, we are unable to liaise between the participants and ​the organizers of the conference and cannot assume any responsibility for the programs during the 5 days of BoND in Hangzhou. You will register for BoND on your own. See Tour B information above.

SFS is processing BoND workshop registration to Tour B members, however, SFS is not responsible for the content or logistics of the workshop programs.

SFS will secure accommodations for Tour B at an optimal location of high quality and affordable price. Group sightseeing (including a Chinese Medicine Museum and dispensary)  and transportation to a special dinner at an exquisite restaurant on the Aman property will enhance an experience of Hangzhou.


Space is limited. To complete registration to guarantee your place, click both buttons below to make a Deposit Payment & fill out the Registration Form.
Also, fill out, sign & return the Assumption of Risk Form  to staff@yoshikowada.com or mail back to Slow Fiber Studios.







Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, curator, textile scholar, president of World Shibori Network, founder of Slow Fiber Studios, producer of the Natural Dye Workshop film series, and co-chair of the 1st – 11th International Shibori Symposiums. A Berkeley resident since 1973, she continues to lead a wide range of workshops, lectures, tours, and international symposia, emphasizing sustainability, tradition, and innovation in design.