SFS tours offers cultural and collaborative workshop programs developed with traditional artisan communities and small to medium-sized studios and factories. Our tours are held in specifically chosen regions of the world where textile and traditional culture runs deep. By design, SFS tours penetrate conventional tourism. Groups are small for a better learning experience and enables participants to engage with local communities. The programs are led by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada personally and seminars and workshops during the tour are led by her colleagues, friends, and WSN members.
Due to high popularity, SFS Tours are open only to current WSN members. Join WSN
Slow Fiber Studios’ 2018 program is being planned in conjunction with the 11th International Shibori Symposium (11 ISS) in Japan, June – July 2018.
11 ISS spans three regions of Japan, connecting the contemporary art and fashion hub of Tōkyō, traditional shibori and design centers in Nagoya, and rural folk traditions in Yamagata and Yonezawa. The symposium explores their shared legacies of craft and local industry: 紅花・藍・絞 – Safflower, Indigo, Shibori.
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.
View complete registration information at slowfiberstudios.com/india-2019
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.