TEN-DAY INDIAN TEXTILES TOUR 29 OCT - 7 NOV 2018
SIMON MARKS TEXTILE TOUR
10 days Ahmedabad, Bhuj and Kutch.
Words will be useless so we will just go ahead and say it...If you are into textiles, the artisans that produce them and the century old techniques used in their creation, you need to consider being one of six on this extremely special immersion trip.
You see there is an English designer man of huge repute (he has lived in India, Bali and is a Central Saint Martins alumni) whose knowledge of textiles, block-printing, natural dyes, and weaving is museum standard. But unlike most designers, Simon Marks has lived among the artisans and makes exquisite printed, woven, stitched and brass cast items. Simon’s wonderful tour will lead us down the non-5 star path of his incredible immersive world and the Indian artisan communities with whom he collaborates. We will travel to textile and architectural rich Ahmedabad steeped in cultural history and go deep into the traditional craft heart of Kutch and Bhuj, visiting and creating with local artisans, learning on the ground, listening to the most skilled of craftsmen and women. Make no mistake, this is not a normal Excursion, this is an in-depth get down and dirty ride of your life!
“Come prepared to work, to make, learn and create,” says Simon. “We will learn how to make wooden printing blocks, look at brass casting, print using the ajrakh process, make bandhani and see the most incredible things that are directly translated from the beginnings of civilisation.” Megan adds, ‘if this sounds like Mecca to you, don’t hesitate as we can only take five, and Simon has promised us at this stage no more than 1 trip so we don’t know the likelihood of this ever happening again!”
Due to his immense talent and expertise, Simon Marks will lead this Excursion. To honour the intimacy of the studios and ateliers we have on our program, we can accomodate only 5 guests for this breathtaking Excursion.
The excursion commences early evening on the 29th October and ends on the morning of the 7th November.
PRICE: Everything bar flights. visas, tips and alcohol.
$8,100 per person, twin-share*.
* Your accomodation will be a mixture of twin and double shared rooms, depending on final sign up numbers.
If you would like to speak to an Indian Excursion Team Member about the experience, please contact us 02 9693 2782 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd love to chat or Skype.
*flights - No airlines fly direct from Australia to Ahmedabad but these international carriers fly to Delhi: Etihad Airways, Thai Airways, and Air India.
Please note: this is our prospective itinerary, and is subject to modifications that will improve our Excursion; these include changes of venue, local weather amendments, and any other 'out of our control' things that may arise, to ensure our time together is the best it can be! Dealing with local challenges will sometimes affect even our most organised efforts.