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.

Events :: Cochineal lecture and demonstration with Yoshiko Wada, Berkeley

Textile scholar, author and President of WSN, Ms. Yoshiko I. Wada is back with the cochineal lecture and  demonstration, at the lovely University of California Botanical Garden.

Date: October 11, 2016 | 6pm to 8pm

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

Telephone: 510-664-9841


Registration: $30, $25 UCB members

Visit < here > for more details and to register.

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 in Oaxaca!

At the demonstration, Yoshiko Wada will help the students understand how a series of reds can be created using this organic dye. Participants will also learn how to make Maya Blue pigment from indigo and sepiolite in addition to painting on fabric using soy milk solution. 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.

Here is a glimpse of last year’s workshop…

Read more about last year’s lecture and workshop on the Dye Nerd’s Blog .

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.

Photo Credit : Jiang Guo, Anu Ravi

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on 9 October 2016 by .
%d bloggers like this: