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
Natural Dye Workshop Tour: France 2018
Paris → Loire Valley → Brittany
March – April 2018
Workshop Demonstrations by Michel Garcia
Led by Yoshiko I. Wada
Medieval Tapestries + European Dye Traditions + History of Trade from East to West + Modern Organic Chemistry + Workshop Demonstrations + Filming of Natural Dye Workshop IV
The 2018 Natural Dye Workshop Tour in France will culminate at the new studio of our mentor Michel Garcia in Brittany, a region inhabited by humans since the Lower Paleolithic Period. Michel continues his research and experimentation to unlock the mysteries of natural colors from the peninsula regions along the northern Atlantic coast, as well as from his world travels where he engages with local communities.
Workshops + Filming
25 March – 01 April 2018
7 nights, 6 days | Begins: Le Faouët (Lorient), Ends: Lorient
12 participants maximum
Full Tour (Includes Workshops + Filming)
20 March – 01 April 2018
12 nights, 11 days | Begins: Paris, Ends: Lorient
6 participants maximum
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.