Slow Fiber Studios events offer a platform for international scholars, artists and artisans to exchange knowledge and showcase their creativity and technical ingenuity.

October 2018

Colloquium + Trunk Show + Workshop
Batik: Enduring Art of Dyers in Indonesia


A Batik artisan at work, Indonesia. Photo by Daniel Gundlach ©2009

Join Slow Fiber Studios this October for a series of events focusing on Javanese life and culture through the lens of its batik traditions.

There is a rhythm to life in Java reflective of the rhythm of its dance. The pace is slow, much slower than what we are used to in other parts of the world. There is ritual, and dance, and music, and with it – there is batik.

Batik touches on just about every aspect of Indonesian life. From the cloth a child is wrapped in when it is born to the clothing worn by Indonesian leaders at important gatherings, batik binds a proud nation to a long and cherished cultural identity.

Batik is truly “intangible”, as UNESCO proclaimed in 2009. It is part of our world heritage, the identity of an island nation, worthy of admiration and preservation.

Film Screening + Lectures + Demonstration + Performance
Sunday, 14 October | 11 AM – 5 PM | $35 General, $10 Student*
Berkeley Hillside Club | 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709

Trunk Show
Sunday, 14 October | 11 AM – 5 PM
Berkeley Hillside Club | 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709

Menyanting: 3-Day Batik Workshop with Bu Dalmini
Friday – Sunday, 19 – 21 October | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM | $425 General, $300 Student*
Slow Fiber Studios Annex | 1825 Eighth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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INDIGO from PLANTS, or PETROLEUM?: Transparency and Traceability, and Farm to Trade

Indigo Intensive Workshops with Dried Leaves, Compost(sukumo), Powder, and Paste.
January 2019 (TBC)


February – March 2019

6th India Study Tour: Textiles + Art + Architecture


Ahmedabad → Kutch → Kochi → Munnar → Pollachi → Madurai → Sri Lanka
February – March 2019 (dates TBA)
Kochi-Muziris Biennale & Natural Dye International Forum
Led by Yoshiko I. Wada

Led by textile scholar and Slow Fiber Studios founder Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, the 6th India Study Tour focuses on local textile craft, inventive traditional and contemporary art, and historic architectural sites by traveling to some of India’s most vibrant cultural centers.

Explore the contemporary art exhibitions at the Kochi-Muziris International Biennale; exchange ideas and broaden your dyeing knowledge at the Natural Dye International Forum in Munnar; visit with collectors, artists, and designers at their private homes and studios; wander through the collections at key museums and galleries; engage in hands-on workshops with local artisans; enjoy local cuisine and overnight stays at traditional inns and historic haveli townhouses.

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May – June 2019

2nd France Study Tour: Natural Dyes + Historical Tapestries + Paleolithic Sites


Paris → Loire Valley → Brittany
June – July 2019 (dates TBA)
Natural Dye Demonstrations + European Dye Traditions + Medieval Tapestries + History of Trade from East to West + Modern Organic Chemistry
Demonstrations by Michel Garcia
Led by Yoshiko I. Wada

Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, founder of Slow Fiber Studios and producer of the Natural Dye Workshop film series, the 2nd France Study Tour will explore Paris and the cultural regions of the Loire Valley and Brittany, inhabited by humans since the Lower Paleolithic Period.

Focus on some of the most precious textile works in history, including the Apocalypse Tapestry, a 600 year–old naturally dyed masterpiece spanning 140m. Gain a deeper understanding of European textile manufacturing, from medieval dyeing processes to the rise of industrial cotton mills and global trade, to Michel Garcia’s insights into modern organic chemistry. Join him at his new studio in Brittany as he continues his research and experimentation to unlock the mysteries of natural colors.

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September 2019



Foundation to Traditional Japanese Shibori
Hiroshi Murase
September 2019 (Dates TBA)
Slow Fiber Studios Annex


October 2019



Subject: Benibana (Safflower) + Akane (Japanese Madder)
Kazuki Yamazaki
October 2019 (Dates TBA)
Slow Fiber Studios Annex

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