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“Sacred art is everywhere”: An interview with Ann Shaftel

“When you leave Bhutan, you return home with a renewed inspiration of what art is.” Ann Shaftel would know – she’s visited Bhutan six times in her life, during the course of her career as one of the world’s foremost experts on Buddhist sacred art and thangkas. Ann’s the Director and lead instructor of Treasure […]

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Early morning in a desert village

Favouriting a Desert Village Early one morning on our Kutch Textile Tour, we stumbled serendipitously upon a village with a rich textile tradition. (Actually, all villages in Kutch invariably have this tradition so a “village with a textile tradition” is a redundancy. It just makes for a great start to my post). A favourite with […]

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Eden, move over for the Garden of Assam

Assam: Astonishingly lush and culturally rich Tucked away in India’s “Wild East” is the state of Assam. With wide open spaces, silk weaving, tea plantations, and thriving wildlife reserves, it is surprisingly absent from the tourist radar. That is exactly the sort of place for an E.Y.H.O. tour. For seven days, my husband and I […]

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Eri Silk: an eco souvenir of Assam

Nestled between the Himalayas and the Brahmaputra valley, Assam is a veritable paradise. Its unique regional cuisine delights the palate with nuanced flavours. Verdant hills produce world-renowned, full bodied cups of Assam tea. And for lovers of textiles — as so many E.Y.H.O. travellers are — the silk produced in Assam is unparalleled. While Assamese […]

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