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

Japan 2018 

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.

More about 11 ISS →

February – March 2019

6th India Study Tour Textiles + Art + Architecture

Ahmedabad → Kutch → Kochi → Munnar → Pollachi
Kochi-Muziris Biennale & Natural Dye International Forum

Led by Yoshiko I. Wada

Deposits open soon


May – June 2019

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

Paris → Loire Valley → Brittany
Medieval Tapestries + European Dye Traditions + History of Trade from East to West + Modern Organic Chemistry + Natural Dye Demonstrations

Demonstrations by Michel Garcia
Led by Yoshiko I. Wada

Deposits open soon