11th Japan Study Tour: Traditional Indigo Dyeing Artisanry, Papermaking, Se...

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September – October 2019
Sustainable Living + Traditional Craftsmanship + Autumn Festival Shibori Town
Led by Yoshiko I. Wada

Led by textile scholar, World Shibori Network President, and Slow Fiber Studios founder Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, the Slow Fiber Studios Japan Tour focuses on shibori, indigo, and silk, highlighting traditional skills, modern techniques, and collaborative innovations. Travel to key cultural and textile centers including artisan studios in Arimatsu-Narumi, a neighborhood with over 400 years of history practicing traditional Japanese shibori dyeing; some of the last remaining sericulture farms and factories producing Japanese silk. Visit private artist’s studios, unusual museums, gardens, and temples; engage in hands-on workshops with local artisans; enjoy seasonal Japanese cuisine and stay in unique traditional inns.

The Post-Tour Extension focuses on contemporary art and architecture and features visits to unique and hard-to-reach art sites as well as stops along the Shōdoshima Island with Buddhist pilgrimage route. Island-hop through the inland sea to visit indoor and outdoor art installations created for the Setouchi Triennale by both Japanese and international talents. Stay at the exclusive Benesse House Park designed by famed architect Tadao Ando and enjoy unique experiences like a bath at the I♥︎湯 (“I love yu (hot bath)”) public bath house designed by artist Shinro Ōtake.

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