Publications & Projects

A selection of publications and projects of larger scope



Wada, Y.I. (2002). Memory on Cloth: Shibori Now, Tokyo: Kodansha International.

Stevens, R. (1996). Wada, Y., ed. The Kimono Inspiration: Art and Art to Wear in America, Washington, D.C.: Pomegranate Communications. [Co-curated exhibition of same title]

Shibori II: Himetaru Hana (“Blossoms Unveiled”) (1990), Kyoto: Unsodo Co. Ltd. [Preface in Japanese and English]

Wada, Y.I., Rice, M. and Barton, J. (1983). Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing, Tokyo: Kodansha International.

Ritch, D. & Wada, Y.I. (1973). Ikat: An Introduction, Berkeley: Kasuri Dyeworks. [Reprinted 1982: Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education, Australia] PDF (click to download)

Papers, Journals and Catalogues

Research Papers presented at the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposia 2010, 2008, 2004, 2002, 1998, 1994. download pdf

Wada, Y.I. “Fiber, Texture and Light: Contemporary Japanese Textile Design.” Ikebana International, vol. 55, iss. 2, publication no. 148 /2010-2011, pp. 13-24.

Jiang, K., ed. “Kimono Mode and Marketing: Popular Textiles for Women in Early Twentieth Century Japan.” Research Journal of Textile and Apparel: Integration of Fashion and Textile Design with Materials and Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2011.

Kimono East/West, catalogue for exhibition in conjunction with Surface Design Association Conference, 1981.

“THE SOU·SOU IMPULSE: Using the traditional Japanese design of Arimatsu Narumi shibori, SUO·SUO creates garments with a youthful flair, locally.” Fiber ARTS, Summer 2008, pp. 38-39. download pdf

Essays and Articles


Smith Arney, S. (2015) “In Review Global Threads-Arney“,Surface Design Association Magazine

Shapiro, B. (2015) “The Ever-widening Vision of Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada,” Surface Design Association Magazine

Logan, C. (2015) “Talk explores birth, significance of affordable meisen kimonos,” Omaha World-Herald

Wada, Yoshiko. Dimensional Transformation. By Kim Schuefftan. Wingspan Magazine, September, 2014.


“Synthesizing Nature and Technology Towards a Universal Visual Syntax,” Exhibition Catalogue Keiko Amenomori Schmeisser, Canberra, 2003.

“Contemplative Geometry: Kay Sekimachi’s poetic expressions in the essential language of line, surface, and dimensional form,” Portofolio Collection: Kay Sekimachi, Bristol: Telos Art Publishing, 2003.

“History of Japanese Shibori,” Third International Shibori Symposium: Chile catalogue, World Shibori Network, 1999.

“The Development of Comtemporary Shibori,” Third International Shibori Symposium Catalogue: Chile, World Shibori Network, 1999.

Fischer, F. and Heisinger, K.B. (1994). Japanese Design: A Survey Since 1950, Philadelphia Museum of Art. [catalogue for exhibition of which I was curator]

“Craft to Art: Contemporary Work in Indigo.” Indigo/Leven in een kleur, Indigo Foundation Amsterdam, 1985.

“Indigo in Japan,” Indigo/Leven in een kleur, Indigo Foundation Amsterdam, 1985.



exhibition. essays. book forthcoming.

Research conducted with Masanao Arai (Researcher, Textile Industry Research Institute of Gunma Prefecture) and Kazuo Mutoh (Founder, Kiryu Orijuku Textile Archive and Study Center)

Meisen: Popular Textiles for Women in the First Half of Twentieth Century Japan. A study of meisen — warp or weft patterned silk or synthetic cloth patterned with bright colors and bold designs. The conspicuously popular aesthetic of this textile, considered “moderne” or “mod,” set meisen designs apart from the rest of Japanese traditional textiles, generally known for their sophistication and subtlety, in a way that puzzles today’s viewers, both Japanese and Western.

boro – ragged beauty

exhibition. essays. dvd. book forthcoming.

video clip of yoshiko and kim schuefftan
boro“: a Japanese term referring to the state of objects that have been used, broken, or worn to tatters, then extensively repaired and used beyond their expected life cycle.

A study of boro from a broad perspective to a narrower, more intimate view — social and cultural behaviors eg social stratification, agriculture, economy, and trade, to personal values and relationships. A study in material culture; in the economy of material; and a study of notions of imperfect beauty.