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Workshop: Colors of the Americas >> Cochineal Workshop, with Yoshiko I. Wada

Textile scholar, author and President of WSN, Ms. Yoshiko I. Wada will be teaching a natural dye workshop using cochineal, at the lovely University of California Botanical Garden.

Date: October 18, 2015 | 10am to 4pm

Location: Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045

Telephone: 510-643-2755 ext 03


Visit < here > for  details about the workshop.

Cochineal has been used historically in the Americas for centuries and some of it’s earliest use has been traced back to the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. Cochineal’s deep red color comes from the tiny scale insects who live on Opuntia (nopal) cacti. These are photos from a nopalry (cochineal farm) that Team WSN team visited last month in Oaxaca!

At the workshop, Yoshiko Wada will help the students create a series of reds using this organic dye. If you’re unable to make it in person, you can always check out this film  “Colors of Latin America” that focuses on shades of cochineal red; indigo using fruit skins and the Maya blue pigment.

About Yoshiko I. Wada

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher, and film producer and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops, and participates in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fiber and textiles. Yoshiko is president of the World Shibori Network and founder of Slow Fiber Studios. She will co-chair the upcoming 10th ISS with Alejandro de Avila in Oaxaca, Mexico in November 2016. She co-chaired the 9th International Shibori Symposium with Zhao Feng at the China National Silk Museum (CNSM), Hangzhou October 31-November 4, 2014.

About UC Botanical Garden

The UC Botanical Garden is a non-profit research garden and museum for the University of California at Berkeley, having a notably diverse plant collection including many rare and endangered plants. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes over its 34 acres.

3 comments on “Workshop: Colors of the Americas >> Cochineal Workshop, with Yoshiko I. Wada

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  2. Maruti bhimrao kamble
    22 November 2015

    Dear..Yoshiko. wada..,
    I m maruti. from. India. mumbai..Natural. dyeing. technical. executive. I m doing work on natural. fabric dyeng..& exports also.i m doing.100. & more. natural colours..& international Research papers also..Im complete my Masters degree. in textile. technology. University of mumbai (ICT).. m happy to saw your. natural dyeng. techniques & Shibori. techniques.
    I m verry excited. .to your work.! I
    if any work. on natural dyeing..pls let me know. or. any. placement. .in job..on natural dyeing.

    thanks. Regards

    • WSN
      23 November 2015

      Hi Maruti, our International Shibori Symposium are designed for textile lovers and enthusiasts to meet, discuss and explore ideas in natural dyeing, shibori, ikat etc. You can register for the event by visiting
      All the best!

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