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

May 2018


**Repeated from March**
**One Space Available for Workshop 2C**


Inventive Methods for Fulling Resist
Jean Cacicedo + Yoshiko I. Wada
2A: Saturday – Sunday, March 3 – 4 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
2B: Saturday – Sunday, May 26 – 27 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
2C: Saturday – Sunday, August 25 – 26 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Slow Fiber Studios Annex | 1825 Eighth St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Materials Fee Included | Materials List

Create textiles with surprising and inventive textural contrast through the use of an unusual historical European paste resist method. We’ll use a specially designed wool gauze and gain an understanding of its physical and chemical structures to achieve lacelike effects through various techniques.

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Visiting Artist: Yoshiko I. Wada

SFS EV18 WADA PortraitYoshiko I. Wada is an artist, curator, and 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 Symposia. She is the author of pioneering publications on kasuri and shibori. A Berkeley resident since 1973, she continues to lead a wide range of workshops, lectures, tours, and symposia internationally, emphasizing sustainability, tradition, and innovation in design.

Visiting Artist: Jean Cacicedo

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Jean Cacicedo is a prime innovator of the American studio craft Art-to-Wear Movement who uses the transformative properties of wool, cloth and paper to create objects that adorn both the body and the wall. Telling stories from journeys that come by way of dreams and visions, her works can be found in the permanent collections of the de Young Museum, Museum of Art and Design (MAD), Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Racine Art Museum, and the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje

September 2018



Noé Pinzón weaving a duck feather textile.

Revival and Innovation: Textile Traditions of Mexico
Alejandro de Avila + Hector Meneses + Noé Pinzón
Friday – Sunday, 14-16 September 2018
Slow Fiber Studios Annex + Berkeley Hillside Club

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October 2018


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Nui Shibori as Artistic Exploration
Jane Callender
Thursday – Saturday, 11-13 October 2018
Slow Fiber Studios Annex

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

Batik: Enduring Art of Dyers in Indonesia
Daniel Gundlach, Gary Gartenberg + Distinguished Guest Speakers

Preview of film by Andrew Galli & Daniel Gundlach, 
Indonesian Dance performance, and more

Sunday, 14 October 2018
Berkeley Hillside Club

Batik workshop by Bu Dalmini from Java, Indonesia
Saturday, Sunday, 20-21 October 2018
Slow Fiber Studios Annex, Berkeley

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North American Indigo Projects:
Powder, Paste, Leaves, and Sukumo
Saturday-Sunday, 27-28 October, 2018
Slow Fiber Studios Annex + Berkeley Hillside Club

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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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