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Tribal Culture and Textiles of Northwest India

Our first tour sold out early . . . We added a second tour

January 26 – February 10, 2018

India Textiles and Tribal Traditions

 Explore the essence of Indian craftsmanship in a 5000-yr old culture

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 “In the the ancient texts of Hinduism, the universe is imagined as a cloth woven by the gods and the passage of day and night as a weaver throwing a shuttle across the loom.” – Constructed Textiles – Heritage of Hand Loom Weaving

16 Days led by Simrin Desai

Small group, accompanied by superb textile guides – Maximum group size 12

Gujarat – Kutch – Rajasthan

Sunset at Salt Desert

Sunset at Salt Desert

Work alongside generational award-winning artisans

Block-print, resist block print, batik, embroidery, and tie-dye

Be dazzled by uncrowded 11th century monuments 

Walk the surreal Salt Desert at sunset 

Marvel at an India far beyond tourist trappings! 



USD 2950 pp double occupancy / 1050 Single Supplement

Download itinerary with Costs – GKR_2 Final Itinerary

What we love about this tour:

Welcome Meghwal Village

– Unparalleled access to desert villages as guests of award-winning non-profits

– Patan double-ikat weaving, Queen’s Stepwell, and Sun Temple Modhera

– Gandhi’ashram and Khadi Charkha weaving

– Intimate batik, block printing and Agate bead making workshops and demos

– Textile jewel box museums of Calico, Shrujan, and Anokhi

– The buzz of  Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Mumbai (Bombay)

– Every journey infused with culinary beats! 




Contact us with questions

In the Press: Textile Tour E.Y.H.O – If you want to know the real India, go into her villages

Our social imprint :  Textile Tour social component


Watch E.Y.H.O. in a Kutch Village

“I had never been on a travel tour – last thing I thought I wanted- until I got the phone call from a friend that would change my life.  Something told me to say YES and my heart, eyes and taste buds where blown away from this textile tour. Beyond my wildest dreams.”  – Molly DeVries, owner, A Non-Disposable Life, California (Textiles 2016)

“A million thanks for all you did to make it a truly meaningful, learning experience, and all else you did to arrange our individual needs and journeys!” – Dr. Sarah Fee, Royal Ontario Museum curator

About Simrin Desai

IMG_8640 “Simrin herself was one of the most memorable and inspiring parts of our trip.  She is immensely thoughtful and knowledgeable about the region, and she approaches local community members, artisans, and tour participants alike with warmth, respect, and a deep sense of integrity.  I looked forward to hearing Simrin’s perspectives and continually admired her patience, level-headedness, and generous spirit.  I can’t imagine a better guide for this tour!” – Megan Sweeney, Associate Professor University of Michigan

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 Rave reviews!

“The It-Keeps-Getting-Better Tour‘. Just when I thought it possibly couldn’t, it did. Simrin has a lovely, calm personality and I envy her language skills and ability to adapt” ” Anita Anderson, Belize — Textiles 2016

“A textile tour, to India, with a group of unknown women was not even on my radar. But I said yes. It was a decision I will always be pleased that I made.” Tina Hoffer, Colorado — Textiles 2015

“Very accommodating . . . for those would like to pursue special interest and to then rejoin the group. What sets [E.Y.H.O.] apart from other tour operators is [their] close, personal, and familial relationship with most of the stops on this trip.”  Philip S. – Gujarat/Kutch Textiles 2013

Rest assured you will be in good, experienced hands!”  Marie B., Queensland — Textiles 2014

“Kind, sensitive, wise, creative, energetic, funny, and bright; it was an absolute pleasure to travel with Simrin.  She demonstrated a deep respect for the people and cultural traditions that we were so fortunate to witness in abundance during our Textile Tour.  Simrin will help you to experience Gujarat in all of its splendor and richness”  Michael Carlin, Michigan —  Textiles 2016

Read about resist block printing workshop in the 2014 trip

Photos from past trips

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