Yi Minority

Talk, Show & Tell, and Potluck Social

Visiting Yi Minority people in Sichuan and Yunnan, China


Led by Yoshiko I. Wada, Gao Yu, and Slow Fiber Studios China Study Tour participants, Peggy Osterkamp and Cathy Cerny.

Sunday 8 March 2020 | 12:30 – 15:30
Slow Fiber Studios Annex | 1825 Eighth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

FREE, open to the public, bring friends and a dish to contribute for lunch

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In May of 2019, Slow Fiber Studios ventured into southwestern China to experience distinctive textile crafts and techniques of the Yi Minority people. Join us for group reflections on our experience in Yi-country, witnessing traditional garments and elaborate accessories made using processes and materials specific to the culture and land. The travelers will bring examples of textiles they collected in the communities we visited. This talk begins with a potluck lunch and socializing with textile friends.



About the Invitees

Yoshiko I Wada


Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, curator, textile scholar, president of World Shibori Network, founder of Slow Fiber Studios, producer of 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 international symposia, emphasizing sustainability, tradition and innovation in design.

Gao Yu

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Gao Yu is a Beijing-based researcher and translator, specializing in ethnic textiles. Curiosity drove him to travel throughout Asia and experience unique hand weaving and natural dye techniques firsthand. He is the Chinese language translator of The Roots of Asian Weaving: He Haiyan Textile and Loom Collection of Southwest China by Eric Boudot and Chris Buckley, as well as educational articles related to ethnic weaving.



Peggy Osterkamp


Peggy Osterkamp’s special skill is making the richness of her training and experience accessible to students. In her series, Peggy Osterkamp’s New Guide to Weaving, she presents a wealth of weaving knowledge and research. Since 1992, Peggy Osterkamp has authored 7 instructional books on different facets of waving. Peggy was one of the members of the Slow Fiber Studios Tour in 2019 that ventured to Sichuan and Yunnan, China to visit the Yi Minority peoples.


Catherine Cerny


Catherine Cerny is an independent scholar & collector of indigenous & tourist textiles with a focus on Southeast & East Asia. Her extensive collection of Japanese textiles was recently featured at the UC Davis Design Museum for the show ‘Tekunikku.’ She has been the Lecture Chair and a Board Member for the Textile Arts Council, San Francisco Fine Arts Museum for 6 years. Catherine was one of the members of the Slow Fiber Studios Tour in 2019 that ventured to Sichuan and Yunnan, China to visit the Yi Minority peoples.