Int’l Tours

Updated, July 2020.

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 Larsen, 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. 

Selvedge Foundation Tours in 2021 – 2022

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.

“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.”

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Selvedge Foundation Tour

JAPAN, 2021

Fiddlehead Fern to Mulberry Silk: Ancient Textile to Contemporary Art and Indigo in Japan

Tokyo – Arimatsu – Kyoto – Kurashiki – Naoshima  – Tokushima – Itami Airport – Yamagata – Yonezawa – Kiryu – Annaka Haruna – Takasaki – Chichibu -Tokyo

Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
25 April – 9 May 2021

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Japan 20 design

Itajime kasuri process for Shirataka tsumugi weaving, Setouchi Art Site art installation; and natural dyed hand-reeled silks in Yonezawa. Photographs by Yoshiko I. Wada


Riko Arai, Yoshiko I. Wada, and Darlene Tong holding jacquard textiles by Jun’ichi Arai who translated the etching of Riko Arai. Yoshiko commenting on Jun’ichi Arai’s textiles displayed at the Okawa Art Museum. Photo by Eric Anderson.

Selvedge Foundation Tour  SOLD OUT!

INDIA, 2020

Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
29 January – 12 February 2020, Delhi, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Rann of Kutch, Bhuj, and Munbai.

LongHouse Reserve Tours 2021 TBC

JAPAN, 2021

Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
28 October – 13 November 2021 (to be confirmed)

CHINA, 2022

New China with Living Traditions & Eternal Landscape
CHINA: Shanghai, Jinze, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Li River in Yangshuo-Guilin, Dali, & Tengchong

Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
7 November – 20 November 2022 (to be confirmed)

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Li River Guilin, courtesy of Emitchan, mineral pigment making, a plate with edible painting of a bird, photo by Yoshiko I. Wada, and Zhangjiajie National Park, courtesy of Le Zenits.

Selvedge Foundation Tour

Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
October – November, 2021 (to be confirmed)

El Bazaar Sabado, Xochimilco, Frida Kahlo and Luis Barragán, and museums in Mexico City; Ocotlan, Tlacolula valleys, Teotitlán, and Oaxaca; Chiapa de Corzo, and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

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Women in costume ready for a profession in front of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Oaxaca, photo by Yoshiko I. Wada

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Frida Kahlo’s atelier with her painting La Vida, photo by Yoshiko I. Wada

Selvedge Foundation Tour

INDIA, 2022
Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
January – February 2022 (to be confrimed)

Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Rann of Kutch, Bhuj, and Munbai.

Selvedge Foundation Textile Tour

JAPAN, 2022
Led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
Fall, 2022 (Details TBD)

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Display explaining shifu weaving in Yamagata. Old accounting book pages recycled into yarns. A model wearing a kimono coat made with shifu cloth.