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

February – March 2019

6th India Study Tour: Textiles + Art + Architecture

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10 – 28 February, India: Arrive in Ahmedabad depart from Pollachi
Extension to Sri Lanka  – 28 February – 4 March, 2019: From Pollachi to Colombo
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 and natural beauty from  Rann of Kutch to Backwater of Kerala to Green Hills of Western Ghats.

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.

Main Tour

Ahmedabad (4 Nights) → Bhuj+Rann of Kutch (4 Nights) → Kochi+Backwater (3 Nights) → Munnar+ Wild Animal Reserve + Tea Plantations +Aranya Natural (5 Nights) → Pollachi (2 Nights)
10 February – 28 February 2019
Begins at dinner, 10 February, Ahmedabad
Ends after Breakfast, 28 February, Pollachi (Coimbatore International Airport)

Post-Tour Extension

Sri Lanka (4 Nights): Begins at Coimbatore Airport, 28 February – 04 March 2019
Depart 04 March, Sri Lanka


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May 2019

4th China Study Tour: Shanghai + Natural Dye Forum option in Hangzhou + Yi Minority Autonomous Region
3 Tours | 11 May – 2 June 2019




June – July 2019

2nd France Study Tour: Natural Dyes + Historical Tapestries + Paleolithic Sites


Paris → Loire Valley → Brittany
June – July 2019 (2 Groups)
Group A: 26 June – 07 July, 2019
Group B: 08 – 19 July, 2019
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.


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Looking for Support?

If you are applying for external funding for our Slow Fiber Studios programs, you may request a Letter of Support. Please email for further details.