France 2018

Paris – Angers – Cholet – Nantes – Auray – Lorient
Yoshiko I. Wada + Michel Garcia

Learn natural dyeing from a master in his new studio in Brittany!

Natural Dye Workshop Demonstrations + Medieval Tapestries + Botany & Organic Chemistry + European Dye Traditions + Western Discoveries

20 March 2018  –  01 April 2018 (Dates TBC-Program begins at a Paris hotel on 20 March, ends near Lorient, Brittany on 01 April)
13 days, 12 nights  | 15 participants maximum
Deposits open

100710-Tour de France a La Voile, etape de Lorient, Tour de GroiLed by textile scholar, World Shibori Network President, and Slow Fiber Studios founder Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and world-renowned botanist, chemist, naturalist, and natural dye expert Michel Garcia, the Slow Fiber Studios France Tour 2018 focuses on some of the most precious textiles works in history by exploring the cultural cities of West France and the coastal region of Brittany. Discover medieval tapestries, European dye tradition, modern organic chemistry, and Western discoveries with in-depth 5-Day workshop demonstrations by Michel Garcia and guided visits to historical museums, private artist studios, and gardens. Enjoy seasonal French cuisine, local shopping, and the rare opportunity to witness the filming of Natural Dye Workshop IV!

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WADA PortraitYoshiko 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 Symposiums. 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.

SFS EV1708 GARCIA sfs talk bannerMichel Garcia is a world-renowned botanist, chemist, naturalist, and natural dye expert. He is the founder of Couleur Garance (1998) in Lauris, France, and established Le Jardin Conservatoire de Plantes Tinctoriales (Botanical Garden of Dye Plants) in 2000 as a horticultural resource for chemists, natural dye researchers, and botanists. He has been instrumental in revitalizing the natural dye practice in France and abroad.


Registration & Deposits

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The Program begSFS tours are only open to World Shibori Network members. Read about this and other membership privileges on the World Shibori Network Membership website.


Your $500 deposit to Slow Fiber Studios secures your place in this coveted program. Registration deposit is 85% refundable until 3/8/2018. Please mail a check to the Slow Fiber Studios Office at 696 Hilldale Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94708 made payable to World Shibori Network.

Please make sure you have carefully read Slow Fiber Studios tour policies. Among other things you are responsible for purchasing your own airfare and travel insurance.