International Tours

Updated, July 2022.

“I am committed to working with global textile and craft communities to further understand and foster the creative evolution of traditions. I look forward to seeing you.”
–Yoshiko Wada

Yoshiko I. Wada, founder and president of the World Shibori Network Foundation (WSN Fdn), will be developing content and leading tours to Japan for the WSN Fdn and its programming arm, Slow Fiber Studios (SFS), starting in 2023. Yoshiko has led art, architecture, and textile study tour programs for several decades for Slow Fiber Studios; LongHouse Reserve; Textile Museum, DC; and San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Our association with LongHouse Reserve (LHR), founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, Yoshiko’s longtime mentor, will continue by way of Matko Tomicic, former LHR director of nearly 30 years, who is on WSN Fdn’s board of directors. Yoshiko’s association with the London-based Selvedge Foundation, headed by the visionary textile advocate, Polly Leonard, will continue. Yoshiko plans to lead Selvedge’s textile tours to India, Mexico, and China.

Slow Fiber Studios is pleased to offer programs that contribute to the understanding of culture, craft, art, architecture, landscape, and cuisine. Some wonderful memories are shared in our album.

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, curator, textile and museum studies scholar, president and founder of World Shibori Network Foundation and Slow Fiber Studios, producer of the Natural Dye Workshop film series, and co-chair of the 1st – 11th International Shibori Symposia. She is a Japanese native, who has called Berkeley, CA her home since 1973. She currently resides in Leicester, the UK conducting doctoral research on the changing perception of value and beauty surrounding Boro textiles, which she calls the Boro phenomenon. Yoshiko continues to lead a wide range of workshops, lectures, tours, and symposia, internationally, for the WSN Fdn, emphasizing sustainability, heritage craft knowledge transmission, and innovation in contemporary art and design.

World Shibori Network Foundation Tours to Japan

WSN Foundation members will receive priority registration notices for the tours and some of the workshops.

2023

A Bespoke Tour to Japan-2023 for a small group of connoisseurs and patrons of The WSN Fdn and Yoshiko I. Wada.

Tentative schedule, 10-days from October to November 2023.

Tokyo and surrounds-Tohoku (Northeast)- Kyoto and surrounds plus an option to visit the Benesse art site in the Seto Inland Sea.

Itajime kasuri process for Shirataka tsumugi weaving, Setouchi Art Site art installation; and natural-dyed hand-reeled silks in Yonezawa.
Photo by Yoshiko I. Wada

2024

A textile study tour to Japan-2024 for artists, craft practitioners, scholars, and Japanophiles.

Tentative schedule, 2 weeks in May or October 2024.

Nagoya-Kyoto and surrounds-Shimane-Fukuoka-Nagoya plus an option to add Tokyo.

Riko Arai, Yoshiko I. Wada, and Darlene Tong holding jacquard textiles by Jun’ichi Arai who translated the etching of Riko Arai. Jun’ichi Arai’s textiles are displayed at the Okawa Art Museum. Photo by Eric Anderson

Selvedge Tour to India

Two weeks in early February 2023. Exact dates TBD.

Delhi and Jaipur led by Polly Leonard of Selvedge > approximately 4 days. Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu led by WSN’s Yoshiko Wada > 10 days.

For inquiries please email events@selvedge.org

Selvedge Tour to Mexico

In 2024

El Bazaar Sabado, Xochimilco, Frida Kahlo, Luis Barragán, and museums in Mexico City; Ocotlan, Tlacolula valleys, Teotitlán, and Oaxaca; Chiapa de Corzo, and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

For inquiries please email events@selvedge.org

Women in costume ready for a procession in front of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Oaxaca.
Photo by Yoshiko I. Wada

Frida Kahlo’s atelier with her painting La Vida
Photo by Yoshiko I. Wada