Yoshiko is available for consultancy projects. Her expertise has been sought for fabric research & development, historical and cultural accuracy, and curatorial advisement.

Cultural and Educational Tour Leadership

Clients have included:

  • Fashion Designer Christina Kim for dosa inc;
  • Aranya Naturals, a TATA welfare project for natural dyeing;
  • Costume Designer Colleen Atwood for “Memoirs of a Geisha” (Academy Award for Best Costume Design);
  • Curator Maribeth Graybill for University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), Ann Arbor;
  • Owner Eleanor Coppola for FFC Presents;
  • San Francisco Film Arts Foundation (now the San Francisco Film Society);
  • Seibu Department Store, Miyake Design Studio, and Vepar for Asha by MDS;
  • Dyer Tsuyoshi Kuno of Kuno Dyeworks for Cirque du Soleil and Tiffany & Co. 
  • Owner Elizabeth Wilson and Designer Fifi White for  Asiatica

Curatorial engagements have included:

Please email yoshiko [at] yoshikowada [dot] com to present any proposals.


Consultant, Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company, Bangkok, Thailand. 2012-2014.

Consultant, Colleen Atwood, Costume Director for “Memoirs of a Geisha,” a feature film. Hollywood, CA and Japan. 2004. (Atwood received the Academy Award for the Costumes in 2006)

Advisor, Bandhani Development Project at the National Institute of Design created in response to the Earth QuakeRehabilitation scheme for artisans in Kutch and Ahmedabad, India. 2001 to present.

Juror, Fiber Focus ’99, contemporary works in all fiber media by artists from nine Midwestern states, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1999.

Juror, International Silk Scarf Contest, exploration of new silk blend fabric designed by Junichi Arai, Nippon Silk Center, Japan, 1998.

Juror, “Insight! Diversity! Intensity!,” an international quilt competition and exhibition, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Gallery at Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN, 1995.

Consultant, “Stones and Paper,” a TV documentary about Isamu Noguchi. Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco, CA, 1993-95.

Juror, the International Textile Design Contest.  The Fashion Foundation, Tokyo, Japan, 1988-94.

Advisor, Japan Information & Culture Center. Washington DC, 1993.

Juror, “Innovation > Inspiration,” Springwater Fiber Arts, Alexandria, VA, 1992.

Juror, “Speaking in Tongues – Ethnic Influences,” The InterArt Center, New York, NY, 1992.

Juror, “Kimono,” a national juried exhibition.  Textile Art Centre, Chicago, IL, 1990.

Consultant, Seibu Department Store for Asha by MDS, fashion clothing and home furnishing collaboratively developed between Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo, Japan; Raag and Asha Sarabhai in Ahmedabad, India; and the Deibu Dept. Store in Tokyo, Japan. 1984-1989.

Consultant, the Indigo Foundation, Amsterdam, Holland for “Indigo–Naturally Blue,” Indigo/Leven in een kleur  exhibition at the Tropen Museum, Amsterdam and book  (see P.2), 1984-85.

Visiting Scholar, l’Association pour l’Etude et la Documentation des Textiles d’Asie. Paris, France. 1984-85.

Consultant, “Cotton Ikat” exhibition held in 1982 at the Tropen Museum, Amsterdam, Holland, 1981.

Consultant, Folkwear Ethnic Patterns #112 and #113, Japanese garments, 1977.