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  Indian textile tour


  The Golden Thread

Tour | Gujarat | Textiles | Price | Map | Itinerary
  The highlight of the tour is when we go on Safari and stay in the villages of Kutch, which has been very much enjoyed by the groups.
Gujarat being the most important state in India for Textiles is where we stay for 13 days of the tour. The Rajasthan extension includes beautiful Udiapur with it Lakes Palace and miniature painters. The Pink city of Jaipur with different textile crafts, hand made paper and some of India's major monuments, including the Taj Mahal. The tour ends with the Delhi Mela. A lovely way to conclude the tour.

  Day 1: Flight to Bombay, I will meet you at airport.

Day 2: Flight to Bhuj. Check into Hotel. After lunch, visit to Bhujodi village weavers, who produce blankets and cloth for the local community. Visit to Rabbari textile collector.

Day 3: Visit to the Anna Mahal museum and restored Folk Museum. After lunch, see demonstration of Mochi (fine hookwork) embroidery and visit Ajrakpur to learn how Ajrakh vegetable block printing is done and the recipes for achieving each process. If time allows we may be able to print a block ourselves.

  Day 4: Visit to Mundra for workshop in wax-resist block printing and felt-making.

Day 5: Morning workshop with master craftsmen in Bandani (tie-dye). Afternoon - visit bazaar or continue with workshop.

  Tiger Drawing
Tiger Block Print
  Day 6-8: A highlight of this tour is our stay in the villages in Kutch. It is a real privilege to be amongst these people and have a chance to observe the pastoral life of these gentle people, as well as having demonstrations of bellmaking, woodcraving and lacquer work. We have a half day work shop in gold and sliver embroidery and a half a day learning the art of shisha embroidery and surface stitches and note some of the motives used in Mutwa embroidery.

Day 9: Return to Bhuj. After lunch, workshop with master craftsmen in block printing.

Day 10/11: Travel to the wildlife sanctuary of Zainabad. We will see the abundant birds here and the wild ass (found nowhere else in the world). We can also view local embroidery.
  Day 12: Travel to Patan to see the weaving of Mushru and of Double Ikat.

Day 13: Morning visit to the Calico Museum, the finest collection of Indian textiles in the world. In the afternoon you can make a second visit or go to the Gandhi Ashram or shop or just relax.

Golden Thread Raj Extension, 6 days
Day 14: For those leaving the tour a day to relax before taking the flight to Mumbai to connect with international flight. Early start for Udaipur. We will stay in an attractive lakeside palace hotel. Optional own cost dinner in Lake Palace Hotel.

Day 15: Visit to the miniature painters - they will show us how they grind pigments and produce their work. After lunch visit the city museum Optional (additional cost) boat trip on lake. Take evening train to Jaipur.
  Day 16: Morning tour of city - Jai Singh Observation (built 1728) optional visit to City Palace (a museum with a fabulous collection of textiles, furniture and artifacts of the court. Afternoon visit to jewellers (a trade for which Jaipur is famous) to see stones cut and polished and to textile merchants and hand-woven being made. Visit to tailors for tailoring and dressmaking - bring something to be copied.

Day 17: Visits to Sanganer and Bagroo - handmade paper workers, block printing, indigo dying, and a potter producing the famous blue pottery of Jaipur. Special dinner at Palace Hotel.

Day 18: Early start for Amber Palace - we ride uphill on elephants! After viewing this magnificent example of Mogul architecture, we visit the Anouki hand block printing museum. continue to Fatipur Sikri, the ruined sandstone city of Emperor Akbar.

Day 19: Visit to Taj Mahal. Visit to craftsmen who do the same sort of 'pietra dura' (inlaid cut-stone) work that decorates the Taj Mahal. Continue to Delhi.

Day 20: Visit to Delhi Mela, 'a Fair' to which textile craftsmen from all over India come to sell their wares. Afternoon visit to Crafts Museum, which has a formidable collection of historic textiles, statues and other traditional work.

Day 21: International flight home.

There will be added visits to this itinerary and changes which cannot be foreseen and alterations in the final itinerary due to local situations.

Workshop and Demonstrations
The Itinerary for The Golden Thread is a very busy one. On each location while the Textile people sit and stitch or observe; painters may like to sketch. All the locations are local and in very interesting surroundings and which are all visual. They are lighthearted as you are visiting India and not here for I depth workshops. They will I inform you, and on your return you may chose to follow up what you have learnt, and observed.

Certainly the workshops should never be compared to workshops in Uk or European countries. Sometimes they are demonstrations and talks and they may take place in the artisans house or in the village or the workplace of the discipline we are observing. Which all adds interest to your visit, and have an added charm and appeal because of this.

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Tour | Gujarat | Textiles | Price | Map | Itinerary