Pandemic silver-linings.


Virtual talks with textile experts, academicians, and art historians to keep you connected to your favourite destinations. Free or cost-recovery. Limited group size hosted in intimate meeting format for excellent access to speakers!

The response has been enthusiastic! 

"Wow. Yet another wonderful lecture. I have a soft spot for well spoken people, no verbal tics, a broad vocabulary, a witty streak, and passion. How come you know them all? Enjoying myself way too much." -- Susanne Staer

"Clear, well-organized, with enthusiasm and expertise" -- Mary Littrell

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Angkor Wat - City of God Kings 

Although 12th CE UNESCO Angkor Wat is one of the most famous religious structures in the world, it is in many ways an anomaly. Many of the Khmer god-kings (devarajas) built immense temple mountains to mark their reigns. Angkor Wat both participates in that tradition and deviates from it. This lecture will examine this history of Khmer Kingship and examine the significance and meaning of Angkor Wat in light of that tradition. The art and design of the massive religious complex holds the secret to understanding its purpose. Read about the Women of Angkor: Celestial or real? 

USD 15 with registration, limited space 

Thur Dec 2 at 7.30pm Eastern


Robert DeCaroli is a Professor of South and Southeast Asian art history at George Mason University. He is a specialist in the early history of Buddhism and has conducted fieldwork in India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia. He co-curated Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and has been was awarded a Getty Research Institute Fellowship as well as currently a Robert N.H. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellow. His books include Haunting the Buddha: Indian Popular Religions and the Formation of Buddhism and Image Problems: The Origin and Development of the Buddha’s Image in Early South Asia, as well as several articles and book chapters. 

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Mumbai has the world’s second-largest collection of Art Deco buildings, second only to Miami and now a Unesco World Heritage site. This virtual tour highlights the finest stretch of 35 Art Deco buildings along Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s necklace. Built in the early 20th C, they showcase nautical features and architectural elements that correspond to the city’s tropical climate. Explore the history of this cosmopolitan neighbourhood, and how it emerged as a symbol of Mumbai's modern identity.

Date: TBA 

Limited space. Registration: USD 15


Nonprofit Art Deco Mumbai was set up in 2016 to raise awareness of Mumbai's Art Deco buildings on social media, as well as to document them in an online repository. Principal Atulkumar and team have listed more than 375 buildings, including residences, palaces, hotels and cinemas, all built between 1930 and 1950. Art Deco Mumbai conducts award-winning onsite tours and during the lockdown, they have agreed to host a virtual one for E.Y.H.O. 

Past Events 

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July 15, 2021

Little is known of the dynasty that sponsored the creation some of the most spectacular religious structures in the world, such as the spectacular and massive Chandi Borobudur. A contextualized walk through the details of its evocative sculptures. Read more


Dr Robert DeCaroli

Prof. S/SE Asian Art History, G.M.U.


July 15, 2021

Phulkari embroiders women's lives from birth, adolescence, marriage, childbirth to death. It survived Indo-Pakistan partition, but almost succumbed to machine copies and commercialisation. A mother-daughter duo revive original designs and motifs to breathe new life. View here

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Preeti and Mannat Sidhu

Fusion Phulkari

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March 30, 2021

When placed on the head, textiles serve very specific purposes, ranging from identifying the wearer’s ethnicity, geographical location, or life achievements; age, marital, or economic status; and religious affiliation.   

Read more here

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Christine Brown

Anthropologist, Peace Corps worker


March 11, 2021

Mulberry Trees of Uzbekistan

The mulberry tree is crucial to the extraordinary material culture of Uzbekistan with an emphasis on its glorious ikats. Due to a technical glitch, Dana's talk was repeated June 3 (above) But you can watch the tour preview here


Dana Davies and Shila Desai


Read about Dana


February 9, 2021

Medieval India: Religion, Warfare, and Two Strong Queens

Indian medieval warrior queens' contributions to religious harmony, the anti-colonial movement, art, and architecture. Clues to modern India through two strong queens - Sultana Razia and Abbakka Chowta. Read more


Dr Joyce Salisbury

Professor Emerita, PhD Medieval History, Rutgers NJ

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January 5, 2021

Stories in Silver : reading North African jewellery 

Messenger, protector and bank account are roles traditional jewellery plays Travel from the steppes of Central Asia to the Maghreb to decipher the language of silver. 

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Sigrid van Roode

Sigrid is Jewellery Historian at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands


November 19, 2020

Geeta's Diwali Kitchen

Chef Geeta invites you into her kitchen to explore myths and traditions of Diwali while focusing on the food that brings us together. Cook along or just watch. FREE - Catch the recorded session here

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Geeta Maini

About Geeta


July 15, 2021

UNESCO 2nd C BCE rock-cut caves of Ajanta, are a cross between monumental architecture and massive sculptures Notable not just for antiquity and religious significance, but also for spectacular artwork and ingeniously sophisticated techniques in its creation. Read more. 


Dr Robert DeCaroli

Prof. S/SE Asian Art History, G.M.U.


June 3, 2021

In Uzbekistan, every part of the mulberry tree is used as food, wood, as a host for silkworms, and the pulp for generations-old paper making. Learn about its importance on design, spinning, tie-dye, and weaving of Uzbekistan's glorious ikats. View here


Dana Davies

Trip leader, Uz. Read about Dana

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March 18, 2021

Moroccan zellige is as intricate as jewellery. Yet Morocco's royal cities are lavishly adorned with zellige. Go inside enchanting zellige interiors, learn how it's made, and why it's a prized but dying art. Includes Oct 2021 tour preview. Watch


Shila Desai

Owner and Founder, E.Y.H.O. Tours and zellige enthusiast


March 9, 2021

¡Viva México! Popular Art

Few countries offer such a rich and varied cultural heritage as Mexico. The arts and crafts of Mexico are a living force, not a nostalgic evocation. Dazzling colour and design combine Aztec, Maya and Spanish traditions. Read more here


Chloë Sayer


Read about Chloë


January 19, 2021

Silver and Frankincense

Journey into the evanescent world of traditional Arab scent. Scent features in religious, personal, and social context through silver perfume containers, sumptuously scented paste beads, and fragrant clove necklaces. 

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Sigrid van Roode

Sigrid is Jewellery Historian at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands


December 10, 2020

Frida Kahlo and Traditional Mexican Dress

Frida Kahlo's iconic status lies in her flamboyant and courageous dressing style, an homage to Mexican indigenous cultures and an inspiration for designers and fashionistas the world over. Reading list here


Chloë Sayer

About Chloë

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November 2, 2020

Behind the Marble Veil

Royal intrigues, power grabs, and the real reason why the world's most beautiful building was built. A synthesis of latest scholarship on northern India's "exposed zone" and the Timurid connection


Dr Justin Jacobs

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Sept 7, 2021

Tie-dyed head coverings are a constant companion in traditional women's lives, as a protection from the elements, confer identity, status, and a commentary on inter-religious relations. Hindu and Muslim communities share a common culture in this harsh desert land. Watch here


Shila Desai

Owner and Founder E.Y.H.O. Tours 


April 1, 2021

Hereditary Chettiar bankers built uniquely designed mansions of the finest from all over the world.  Learn about this fast disappearing microcosm, its fascinating culture, arts and crafts, and distinctive cuisine. Read more here

Preview of upcoming tour of South India. 


Meena Suppiah

Esteemed member, Chettiar community


March 16, 2021

¡Fiesta! Festivals of Mexico

Visually splendid and often extremely costly, Mexican festivals feature dances with richly embellished costumes and masks. Most important on the festival calendar is Days of the Dead. Celebrate the passion that is Mexico!


Chloë Sayer


Read about Chloe


February 23, 2021

Ready to travel? Read this first

A frank assessment of the travel scene ahead, including what to look for in cancellation and rebooking policies. Why E.Y.H.O.? Why small group, owner-led? Plus upcoming tours beginning mid Oct 2021. Watch here


Shila Desai

Owner and founder, E.Y.H.O. Tours, and C.A. by training

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January 12, 2021

Paint it, Black - history and culture of kohl containers

Since earliest times, kohl has been used to beautify men and women, ward off evil, confer status, accompany rituals and feasts. Using SW Asia's canvas, explore its remarkable history from Early Bronze Age to the present. 


Jolanda Bos

Archeologist and dress anthropologist at the Univ of Leiden, The Netherlands


December 3, 2020

Frida and Diego - Mexico's Golden Age of Art

Colourful, turbulent art and lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera capture the world's imagination. Discover why Frida's intimate self-portraits and Diego's panoramic murals gave the pair iconic status.


Chloë Sayer

About Chloë


Oct 7, 2020

Vanishing Stepwells of India

India's least-known edifices are also its most marvellous. Unique marvels of architecture, engineering, and art, they proliferated throughout the subcontinent for over a millennium. Watch here


Victoria Lautman

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