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Textiles and Taj Mahal Tour, India

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 17 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 12 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Textile Arts   Cultural Journey  
Season: September - October
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4960 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4960 US Dollar (USD)

We will visit many textile artists in their workplaces and homes and will stamp or dye our own creations in three workshops. We’ll travel to the Little Rann of Kutch, a very interesting area, and stay in traditional round bungalows. We'll head south to visit coastal Cochin and spend twenty-four hours on a beautiful houseboat in the tropical lagoons of Kerala. Cynthia LeCount Samake and specialized local guides will accompany the itinerary. In order to make the most of our time in the country, we will fly to several destinations.

Itinerary:
We’ll welcome you to India at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a good night’s sleep, we’ll head west to the famous textile and art producing states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. There we will visit many textile artists in their workplaces and homes and will stamp or dye our own creations in three workshops. We’ll travel to the Little Rann of Kutch, a very interesting area, and stay in traditional round bungalows. Then finally we head south to visit coastal Cochin and spend twenty-four hours on a beautiful houseboat in the tropical lagoons of Kerala. Cynthia LeCount Samake and specialized local guides will accompany the itinerary. In order to make the most of our time in the country, we will fly to several destinations.

During the trip, we’ll travel by private van, and stay in fascinating Heritage hotels in towns, even a Majarajah’s palace! and new, traditional bunghas in the little-visited rural northern Gujarati area of Kutch. The round earthen bunghas with thatched roofs are embellished with floral scrolls of bas-relief mirror and mud decorations around the windows and doors.

We’ll also meet local women who do intricate shisha mirror embroidery, in northern Gujarat. We will visit many ancient temples and other architecturally fascinating sites such as the famous Adalaj and Rani Ki Vav stepwells. These ancient and elaborate fresh water wells were built between the 11th and 16th centuries, with carved marble columns, decorated niches, and other details.

In Jaipur we’ll meet the director and the girls at a workshop/home established to help girls stay in school and learn skills – to sew and make crafts, to eventually make a living on their own. If you’d like to bring them some sewing or school supplies they would be thrilled! They need good quality scissors like Fiskar snips, trims, cloth scraps, and so forth, as well as pens and pencils and notebooks. In Jaipur, we will also visit the excellent Anokhi Printing Museum for a great introduction into our next workshops of wooden block printing! In a nearby village, we’ll visit an expert block print artist for a complete introduction into block-printed or stamped fabric. At his studio, we will have the option to print 2 yards of light cotton cloth suitable for clothing or a tablecloth, or you can print a cotton scarf.

When we have made some wonderful projects in our workshops, and have seen all the art and architecture that we can possibly absorb, we will fly south to the state of Kerala, and the pretty coastal town of Cochin. We land in Cochin, see the Chinese fishing nets at the beach, India’s oldest synagogue, and Mattancherry Palace. The palace was a generous gift presented to the Raja of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma (1537–61), as a gesture of goodwill by the Portuguese in 1555. There is also an excellent privately-owned folk art museum that we will visit, and we’ll see traditional Kathakali dances. Then we’ll head to the gorgeous backwater lagoons and spend twenty-four hours floating on luxurious, private wood and wicker houseboats with our own chefs!

Bird life is abundant in the water; we will float by trees full of weaver bird nests, as we enjoy the peaceful ambiance. Bring a ‘real’ book or a book on your iPad or Kindle, your knitting, or your yoga moves! Thoroughly relaxed from our houseboat cruise, at the end of our great tour, we return to our modern hotel on the water, for the Farewell Dinner.

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- International airfare from San Francisco
- 17 days, three hands-on workshops
- All accommodations in comfortable boutique or heritage hotels
- All meals
- Five interior flights
- One train ride
- Private van transportation
- Expert English-speaking guides.

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: May 2007

M16553 are specialty trips - small groups of friendly folks with common interests in traditional festivals and celebrations, ethnic textiles and indigneous costume, cuisine, archaeology, art and architecture. Every trip is planned around an exciting festival, a world-class historical monument, or an indigenous art...

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