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Handmade with the heart

Handmade with the heart

In their third presentation, ‘Old is New’, in the Friends’ Indian Textiles series, Shani Pillai and Joji Jacob took us on a visual extravaganza looking at how traditional embroidery techniques, crafts and textiles are being honoured and kept alive in a globalised world.

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Indian Textiles: Sari to Sarong

Indian Textiles: Sari to Sarong

Second of Shani Pillai and Joji Jacob Textile Talks at Te Papa, timed to coincide with the WoW festival. We were to learn the many intricacies of the renowned and centuries-old Ikat weaving that is practised in India, much of South East Asia, Japan and other countries.

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Textiles Tour of India – 2019

Textiles Tour of India – 2019

A farm to fashion textiles tour which goes off the beaten track to meet master artisans at work and showcase the best in the traditional textiles industry covering the West, Central and Eastern regions of India.

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Indian Fashion: Old is New

Indian Fashion: Old is New

Indian Fashion: Old is NewIndian designers are embracing the traditional handloom weaves, tie and dye, block-printing, embroidery, metalwork and other embellishing techniques to create fashion that not only honours the rich heritage but also delivers to the modern...

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Sari to Sarong

Sari to Sarong

Sari To SarongDiscover the ancient art of Ikat dyeing and weaving. The Ikat textile was once used to symbolize wealth and prestige. It is now a popular fashion trend with celebrities and hipsters alike thanks to the work of various designers. This page is dedicated to...

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Andrew & Robyn Middleton

Andrew & Robyn Middleton

Kapiti Coast, New Zealand“No amount of stopping, wandering roadside to observe the wildlife and plants, was ever too much trouble for our guide and driver.…”Bhutan has been on our radar for a long time. As we are usually independent grassroots travellers it was...

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Testimonials

Lola Makower

Lola Makower

My camera and I are truly grateful to the company “All Things Intriguing” to Joji and Shani and their team in India for the trojan work they put into making this trip the full experience it was for me.

Judith Feakin

Judith Feakin

Overall, I thought the balance of textiles activities and other activities was excellent. When I received the itinerary that was the first thing I looked at, as needed to see more of India than just through the fabric.

Joy Dodds

Joy Dodds

As a weaver & occasional dyer, embroiderer, sewer – I loved watching the local people working on their crafts & showing us how meticulous, patient, creative & clever they are.

Christine Turner

Christine Turner

Wellington, New Zealand“Our accommodation was as varied as our itinerary. We stayed in hotels, home stays, havelis and a desert camp.…”We were a group of seven on an 18-day trip to see the architectural highlights and the arts and crafts of Rajasthan and to learn a...

Robyn Gray & Rees Tapsell

Robyn Gray & Rees Tapsell

Auckland, New Zealand“As first-time visitors to India we wanted to learn about this country of many religions with its rich history and see how it is for people living here and that was certainly what happened..…”To explain how wonderful our trip to India was I...

Bronwyn & Ian Hay

Bronwyn & Ian Hay

Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia“This was my fifth visit to India and I would have to say surpassed all my expectations. I came upon ATI Travel by pure chance while searching the internet for small group textile tours. I knew immediately…”We have recently returned home...

Liz, Jamie & Jono

Liz, Jamie & Jono

Tauranga, New Zealand“This is the second time I have had the pleasure of organising my travel arrangements with Joji. This time Joji organised an absolutely breathtaking private tour of Rajasthan…”Can’t recommend Joji from ATI enough. This is the second time I have...

Andrea & Murray

Andrea & Murray

Christchurch, New Zealand“Our guide/driver Pio was a huge part of the success of our holiday. He was very knowledgeable, empathetic and of course a great driver!…”We would like to say that our holiday in Sri Lanka is probably the best holiday that we have ever had. We...

Pat Booth

Pat Booth

Wellington, New ZealandAs a woman travelling alone, I have a personal rule that I do not go out after dark by myself. Well, In Darjeeling it was dark by 5 pm! So it was good to be able to order a meal at the hotel, even though it was a very small place (11 rooms I...

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