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Meeting master textile artisans the remote Kutch region
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Touring leading textile collections
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Seeing traditional handlooms in action
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Visiting contemporary textile designers
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Tasting the regional differences in cuisine as we go

India's Textiles, Crafts & Design

Jan 25 - Feb 08, 2023

15 days | India | Cultural Explorations

This well-balanced tour combines well-known iconic sights with some lesser visited corners for a rare opportunity to become genuinely immersed in a profoundly alluring part of India.

With textiles as our focus, we travel off the beaten track to vibrant cities and rural communities. Not just for textile enthusiasts, the entry into this world reveals a more authentic, fascinating side of India.

Begin in energizing Mumbai to tour the notable textile collection and the largest hand laundry facility in the world! Move into Gujarat, a highly reward step off the tourist trail. Fly to the entrancing city of Bhuj to explore the heart of Gujarat’s vibrant textile tradition. Over a full week here, meet with artisans of gotadi quilts, Bandhani, Ajrakh prints, ikat patola weaving, and pachedi shrine cloths. Our meetings take us to tribal villages, chilled-out seaside towns, and to Ahmedabad’s incredible mix of centuries old and cutting-edge contemporary design. Gujarat is also where Mahatma Gandhi was born and where many monuments to his legacy remain.

A highlight of our tour is the Rann Utsav Arts & Crafts Festival, celebrating traditional culture in the spectacular setting of the White Desert. We stay overnight in the Rann Utsav tented accommodation taking in the folk artist performances and meeting artisans of handcrafted textiles.

The next five days are spent in the dramatic desert state of Rajasthan, where we visit workshops in and around the colourful cities of Jodphur and Jaipur. Weaving cooperatives, museums, and contemporary studios are all part of our exploration, as are the grand forts and lusciously decorated havelis (family mansions).

Explore a very personal side of the culture and architecture of Gujarat and Rajasthan through its textiles, crafts, and design.
Cultural Explorations Worldwide Explorers Club
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$5495 (incl. 2 internal flights)
Group Size:
8 - 10 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, most meals, all gratuities, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, two internal flights, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Worldwide Quest leader.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Mumbai
2The CSMVS Museum textile collection, iconic buildings, Dhobi Ghat
3Fly to Bhuj
4Banni villages, Rabari tribes
5Rann Utsav Arts & Crafts Festival
6Ajrakh prints and ikat patola weaving
7Traditional handlooms in action
8Ahmedabad Urban World Heritage Site
9Patchedi painters and Gandhi’s legacy
10Fly to Jodhpur
11Mehrangarh Fort and dhurrries
12The Pink City of Jaipur
13Block printing and tribal garments
14Contemporary textile design
15Depart Jaipur
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Your Tour Leader

Jaya Basera is a heritage consultant with an extensive research background with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. An enthusiastic communicator, Jaya brings a real passion to her tours, connecting the arts to the people engaged in preserving traditions.

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Cultural Explorations Worldwide Explorers Club
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$5495 (incl. 2 internal flights)
Group Size:
8 - 10 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, most meals, all gratuities, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, two internal flights, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Worldwide Quest leader.

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