Gujarat-Kutch-Rajasthan: Textiles and Tribal Traditions
“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
Explore the essence of Indian craftsmanship in a 5000-yr old culture
⌘ GUJARAT ⌘ KUTCH ⌘ RAJASTHAN
TRIBAL PEOPLES & TEXTILES with KITE FESTIVAL
JANUARY 5 – 20 2018
16 Days led by Shila - small group, accompanied by superb textile guides
Mumbai (Bombay) – Ahmedabad – Bhuj – Hodko – Banni Villages – Nakhtrana – Mandvi – Jaipur
We heard you!
We’ve reduced our group size to max. 16 and added two more hands-on workshops.
We also added Nakhtrana to probe even deeper into the Kutch desert.
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 ancient Kite Festival
Marvel at an India far beyond tourist trappings!
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Highlights - what we love about this tour:
Hands on workshops in artisanal villages
Demos with heritage 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
Textile jewel box museums of Calico, Shrujan, 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
workshops and demos
Internal flights and transfers
breakfasts, most lunches and dinners
Best available boutique and heritage accommodations
Excludes international flights and gratuities
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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
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