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Textiles & Desert Tribal Peoples of India

2017 tour sold out! Contact us to be on the list for Textile Tour 2018.

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“In the Rig Veda and Upanishads, 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. The mythical status of woven cloth in Indian life has been matched by its enduring significance in the history of the subcontinent” Constructed Textiles – Heritage of Hand Loom Weaving

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

Mutwa embroidery  

  GUJARAT  KUTCH  RAJASTHAN 

TRIBAL PEOPLES &TEXTILES with KITE FESTIVAL

JANUARY 2018

16 Days led by Shila - small group, accompanied by superb textile guides

Mumbai (Bombay) – Ahmedabad – Bhuj – Hodko – Banni Villages – Mandavi – Jaipur 

 

Explore India’s rich textile heritage in desert tribal villages

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 

Catch kite fever at the time-honoured Kite Festival

Marvel at an India far beyond tourist trappings!

 

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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

Highlights - what we love about this tour: 

  • Welcome Meghwal VillageFront line at city-slick fashion show of exquisite textiles in village setting

  • Visits/demos with heritage embroidery artisans

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

  • Patan double-Ikat weaving, Queen’s Stepwell, and Sun Temple Modhera

  • Kite Festival in Old Ahmedabad heritage home 

  • Gandhi’s ashram and Khadi Charkha weaving 

  • Exclusive block-printing workshop in artisanal village

  • Textile jewel box museums of Calico and Anokhi

  • the buzz of Mumbai and Ahmedabad

  • every journey infused with culinary beats 

  • and much much more….

“I want to introduce you to a very special woman Shila Desai…lady of Eat Your Heart Out tours. 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. You know when someone reminds you of a deep dream you know you will quietly ignore because of that misunderstood fear. Something inside me told me to say YES and my heart, eyes and taste buds where blown away from this textile tour. Shila’s generosity and kindness was what made every single moment a Joy. Beyond my wildest dreams.” Molly DeVries, California — Textiles 2016 (via Instagram)

“Shila, 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

Includes

  • workshops and demos

  • Internal flights and transfers

  • breakfasts, most lunches and dinners

  • Best available boutique and heritage accommodations

Excludes international flights and gratuities

Please contact Shila at shila@eyhotours.com

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“‘The It-Keeps-Getting-Better Tour’. Just when I thought it possibly couldn’t, it did.” 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

“Given the chance would I travel with Shila again? Yes. Why? She is a hands on operator, with a sense of humour and is always respectful. Very accommodating . . . for those would like to pursue special interest and to then rejoin the group. What sets her apart from other tour operators is her close, personal and familial relationship with most of the stops on this trip.”  Philip S. – Gujarat/Kutch Textiles 2013

“The best thing was Shila’s spirit of enthusiasm and her local knowledge of many aspects of Indian culture, including textiles, architecture, social organization , and food.  Rest assured you will be in good, experienced hands!”  Marie B., Queensland. Textiles 2014

Read about resist block printing workshop in the 2014 trip

Photos from past trips

Watch E.Y.H.O.’s  foray into the wilds of India!

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