World Shibori Network

Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.

Yoshiko I. Wada

Berkeley, CA USA / Japan


Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, curator, textile researcher, and an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She holds a BFA in Textile Art from Japan, MFA in Painting from USA, and received the Japan Foundation Fellowship in 1979 and 1996 which yielded the definitive books, Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing, and later Memory on Cloth: Shibori Now. In 1973, she co-authored Ikat: An Introduction, the first technical instruction book in English on kasuri, or Japanese ikat weaving. In 1996, she co-curated the exhibition, “The Kimono Inspiration: Art and Art-to-Wear in America,” for the Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. and co-edited, co-authored a catalog in the same title.

Yoshiko is President of the World Shibori Network. She also consults for designers, including for the Hollywood film, “Memoirs of a Geisha”; Cirque du Soleil; and Christina Kim of dosa inc. Yoshiko is a leader in the Slow Fiber movement which works with regional textile production centers and traditional artisan communities to create culturally, socially and environmentally sustainable practices. Yoshiko is President of the World Shibori Network and co-chaired all past International Symposia in seven different cities and countries.

To learn more about Yoshiko’s current lecture & teaching schedule, visit her online Calendar (new window)