Textile Tour of Gujarat

9 Days / 8 Nights

Day 1: Arrive Ahmedabad
We will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight at Ahmedabad House of MG (B)

Day 2: Ahmedabad
After breakfast visit to the Calico museum  
Visit the Gandhi Ashram.

Late afternoon, meet the Chitaras, a handful of artists who still make hand painted Pachedis- a kalamkari art form traditional to Gujarat.  The Cloth of Goddess Mother, or Mata niPachedi, as the term is popularly called, is a very popular narrative scroll from Gujarat.

Overnight at Ahmedabad House of MG (B,L)

Day 3: Ahmedabad
Enjoy a  heritage walk in the old city.
Visit to an expert  working with craftsmen and women of Gujarat.

Overnight at Ahmedabad House of MG (B,L,D)

Day 4: Ahmedabad to Bhuj( 350 kms/7 hours drive)
Early morning drive to Bhuj, the textile centre within the Kutch District in Gujarat.

Demonstration of Ajrakh.

We spend some time at the printing unit and meet one of the masters in Ajrakh and a pioneer in the art. Enjoy an interesting discussion on the Ajrakh textiles.

Drive back into Bhuj to meet a textile intellectual who walks us through a tie-dyeing technique known as Bandhani, a laborious all hand done tie-dye printing process. 

Overnight at the Garha Safari Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5: Bhuj
After an early breakfast meet an avid textile collector cum expert. 

Head to Bhujodi in the heart of Kutch to see work on traditional pit looms and shuttle looms.

Overnight at the Garha Safari Lodge. (B, L)

Day 6: Bhuj
Embroidery:  Head to Shrujan after breakfast. A demonstration by one of the artisan who does the best mochi work.

A demonstration of Kharad weaving and felt making can be arranged on request.

Later this afternoon, we watch extraordinary fabrics coming to life as the upholders of the single ikat patola tradition weave silk and cotton threads and then tie and dye them into works of art.

Overnight at the Garha Safari Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7: Bhuj- Mandavi – Bhuj (60 kms/2 hour)
We drive to Mandavi to attend a work shop for Batik work . A Batik creation involves 3 basic steps – waxing, dyeing, and scraping (removing). Drive to Dhaneti to see Ahir embroidery. 

The Ahir embroidery is one of the best in the region.

Overnight at the Garha Safari Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 8: Bhuj to Bajana (280 kms/6 hour drive)
Visit to Kala Raksha, in Sumarasar, as its name suggests, a grassroots enterprise committed to preserving the traditional arts and craft of Kutch, to examine hand embroidered and patch worked garments and accessories, and a collection of old costumes and embroideries.  Visit Nirona village to see Rogan painting.

Rogan painting is delicately and precisely painted from one’s own creative imagination and is done with total concentration sitting on the floor without using a table-frame or any outline.

Lunch at the Sankalp restaurant to relish South Indian dishes. Then head to Bajana and check into Royal Safari Camp at Bajana.

Overnight at Royal Safari Camp (B,L,D)

Day 9: Bajana to Ahmedabad and departure (300 kms/7 hour drive)
Enjoy 2 hour safari.  The Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary is rich in biodiversity - white- footed Desert Foxes, Striped Hyenas and Golden Jackal, Stop at the Sun Temple in Modhera and a visit to Patan’s Step Well.  It was included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site on 22 June 2014.

Watch the process of weaving a double Patola .A  design is repeated only once in many years and some designs repeated after 150 years!

Drive to Ahmedabad to board the flight to onward destination.