Int’l Tours

Yoshiko I. Wada, who found and led the Slow Fiber Studios tour programs, will be concentrating on developing content and leading tours hosted by two non-profit  organizations.

Our association with LongHouse Reserve, founded by Jack Lenor Larson, Yoshiko’s longtime mentor, will continue. A new platform for Yoshiko-lead tours is the London-based Selvedge Foundation, headed by visionary textile exponent, Polly Leonard.

Slow Fiber Studios is pleased that our programs have contributed to deepening our understanding of culture, craft, art, architecture, landscape, and cuisine through the lens of textiles. Some wonderful memories are shared in our album. The last Slow Fiber Studios tour was Japan in October 2019.

Screen Shot 2019-10-23 at 4.28.31 PMYoshiko Iwamoto 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 Symposium. 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. 

Longhouse Reserve Tour

Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada & Longhouse Reserve Director Matko Tomicic
November 2019

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Yoshiko has been working with the LongHouse over a decade, planning and leading cultural tours in India, China, Mexico and the biennial Japan Tour. The sixth Japan Tour is November, 2019. These programs benefit the LongHouse Reserve and their advocacy of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts.

This autumn in Tokyo, there is a rare opportunity to see the treasures of the imperial collection, Nara period, 8th Century, from the Shoso-in. See exhibition at the National Museum. Also, we will immerse ourselves in visits to art sites on four islands in the Inland Sea while staying at Benesse House & Museum.

For inquiries email

Selvedge Foundation Tour

Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
March – April 2020

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Yoshiko I. Wada and Polly Leonard, founder of the Selvedge Foundation and its iconic textile magazine, have launched Textile Study Tours. Yoshiko’s first India Selvedge tour in early 2020 has already sold out!

The next tour will be Mexico in March – April 2020, and in October – November, Yoshiko will reprise her tour de force Japan program with emphasis on textile making and changing fashions throughout history.

For inquriries please email

Screen Shot 2019-10-23 at 4.40.02 PM.png“I am committed to continue working with global textile & craft communities to further understand and foster the creative evolution of traditions. Look forward to seeing you.”