2nd France Program: Natural Dyes + Historical Tapestries + Paleolithic Sites

Last Updated 25 April 2019

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Paris → Loire Valley → Brittany
June – July 2019 (2 Groups)

Natural Dye Demonstrations Workshop (5 days) + European Dye Traditions to Modern Organic Chemistry + Medieval Tapestries to Contemporary Textile + Paleolithic Landscape to Trade from East to West

Workshop by Michel Garcia
Led by Yoshiko I. Wada

Group A:  June 26 – 27 Paris → June 28 – 30 Loire Valley → June 30 – July 7 Brittany     11 Nights

5-Day Demonstrations and Natural Dye Workshop by Michel Garcia

Led by Yoshiko I. Wada, the program begins with Yoshiko in Paris to visit her friends, colleagues, her favorite museums and shops relating to natural dye study, art, and fashion.

*We recommend tour participants to arrive a day earlier, will communicate about our hotel. Program ends in Lorient on July 7. We recommend to fly out of Paris, optional trains to Paris take 3 to 4 hours. 


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.




Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, founder of Slow Fiber Studios and producer of the Natural Dye Workshop film series, the 2nd France Program 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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Michel Garcia is a world-renowned botanist, chemist, naturalist, and natural dye expert. He is the founder of Couleur Garance (1998) in Lauris, France, and established Le Jardin Conservatoire de Plantes Tinctoriales (Botanical Garden of Dye Plants) in 2000 as a horticultural resource for chemists, natural dye researchers, and botanists. He has been instrumental in revitalizing the natural dye practice in France and abroad.

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, international programs, and international symposia, emphasizing sustainability, tradition, and innovation in design.


Program Policy

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Slow Fiber Studios international programs are only open to World Shibori Network members. Read about membership privileges on the World Shibori Network Membership website.

Please carefully read Slow Fiber Studios Program Policies. Among other things you are responsible for purchasing your own airfare and travel insurance.

For questions email Program Coordinator Karsten Landon at staff@yoshikowada.com