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Slow Tours

Program Itineraries – see links below

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Slow Fiber Studios ™ Tours are collaborative workshop programs developed with traditional artisan communities and small to medium-sized studios and factories. These tours are held in specifically chosen regions of the world and were conceived as an extension of the Slow Fiber™ movement.

See below for program descriptions and links to detailed itineraries.

Starting for all 2011 tours: SFS Tours are open ONLY to current WSN WEB MEMBERS. To learn how to join, visit our Membership Page.


SFS TOURS with Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada

(Week 1 Workshop) June 15-19, 2010; (Week 2 Workshop) June 22-26, 2010

View PUGLIA proposed itinerary here — FULL

Program destined for Puglia, Italy, to be held at Masseria della Zingara. Working in collaboration with Jan King of Twisted Thread UK. Two program dates: (A) JUNE 15-19  and (B) JUNE 22-26. In planning stages with Michel Garcia of Lauris, France who will share his expertise on natural dyeing and Provencal block printing, and with Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada who will explore shibori and Japanese rice paste resist stencil dyeing. Focus will be low impact, sustainable surface design practice. Details to come. You may also click here for sign up.

WSN web members given priority registration and discount. Limited capacity.


2011 FEB : INDIA
Ahmedabad, Pollachi, Munnar, Mumbai, Delhi, Kumaon of Uttarachal (Himalayas)
Extension trip to Bangladesh


Focus: traditional weaving villages, sustainable “farm to fashion” systems, dyeing, more

Who: Must be a registered WSN web member to apply. Limited capacity.

Interested? Check back here to find out more.


Arimatsu, Nagoya, Kyoto, Miyama, Kiryu, Tokyo
May (20) 21 – June 6, 2011

View ARIMATSU proposed price & itinerary

Focus: for shibori and dyeing intensives – traditional skills of the artisans and modern techniques, collaborative innovations by fashion designers and younger artisans. * This Arimatsu trip will be offered annually during the same time frame*

Details: THIS IS AN ANNUAL SFS  SUMMER TRIP TO ARIMATSU, JAPAN AND WILL BE OFFERED THE SAME TIME EVERY YEAR. Arimatsu for 7 days;  Kiryu for 2 day; Tokyo 4 days; Kyoto 2 days; picturesque rural village  with a natural indigo dyer (1 day). The first weekend in June is the annual Shibori Fest along the old Tokaido, located in the traditional shibori center of Arimatsu. The Shibori Fest, the area’s most important festival of the year, draws people from all over the country who travel just to attend this lively celebration. The town and its leaders are delighted to invite the SFS group into their community during this bustling, exciting time of year. SFS is encouraged to get involved with & up close to the local traditions, celebrations, and preparations: sit in on music rehearsals, help decorate floats, observe food preparations, etc. Among the tour highlights: a shibori workshop designed for SFS members to learn from and exchange creatively with local master artisans; an opportunity to exhibit your experimental creative works at the Shibori Fest; learning from an acclaimed master dyer of natural indigo; absorbing the natural beauty of a unique, thatched-roof village (a designated National Treasure preservation area); experiencing traditional ryokan (inn) and Japanese onsen (baths).

Who: Must be a registered WSN web member to apply. Limited capacity.

Interested? Check back here to find out when we will open registration.


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