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Cotton Traditions

12 Days Farm to Fabric Tour

A Small Group Escorted Journey

Dive deep into India’s rich textile heritage!
Visit artisan studios and witness age-old skills passed down through generations.

Ahmedabad | Patan | Modhera | Dasada | Bhuj | Hodka | Mandvi | Bhuj | Delhi

Cotton Traditions 12 Days Indian Textiles Tour Route map

Start - Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Finish - Delhi, India

Tour Escorted by Joji Jacob

Max 10 Guests

12 days from NZ$6355pp

Get NZ$1500 discount by joining both ‘Cotton Traditions’ & ‘Golden Threads of Moguls‘ tours.

Itinerary

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Overview

Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of India’s textiles on our “Threads of Tradition” tour! Journey through Gujarat, the heartland of ancient crafting traditions, where indigo dyes splash into vibrant fabrics, intricate embroidery whispers timeless stories, and double ikat weaves tell secrets hidden for centuries. Venture beyond the tourist trail, meeting master artisans in charming villages, their homes transformed into living workshops buzzing with creativity. Marvel at architectural wonders, savour mouthwatering vegetarian delights, and connect with the warmth of local communities. Inhale the scent of age-old techniques, witness ancient skills passed down through generations, and witness the vibrant spirit of India woven into every thread. Relax on idyllic beaches, soaking in the beauty of Gujarat’s vast coastline, before venturing onwards or embarking on an unforgettable extension. This immersive adventure promises to weave memories that will last a lifetime, leaving you entirely captivated by the magic of India’s textile traditions.

Joji Jacob

Joji Jacob

Tour Director

Joji has designed this tour and has escorted groups since 2016. He shares his passion for textiles and anything hand-made during this tour. Read More >

Key Highlights of this Journey

Meet the Master - Indigo Dyeing

Meet the masters

Learn from artisans in Gujarat, witnessing indigo dyeing, intricate embroidery, and centuries-old weaving techniques like Ikat and Tangaliya.

Cotton Farm Visit

Farm to Fashion

Trace the textile journey from cotton farms and hand-spinning units to natural dyeing facilities, understanding sustainable practices.

Kalamkari Workshop Close-up

Hands-on Experience

Participate in a Kalamkari workshop and experience block printing with natural dyes.

Indian Cuisine - Gujarati Restaurant

Vibrant Markets & Delights

Immerse yourself in bustling bazaars like Bhuj & Ahmedabad, savouring local cuisine with a foodie guide.

Women's Empowerment Lady Weaving

Empowering Women

Witness the artistry of Zardozi, Aari, Kantha, Suf, and Rabari embroidery, supporting women-led communities.

Taj Mahal visit with ATI Travel NZ

Unforgettable Experiences

Marvel at the Modhera Sun Temple and Rani Ki Vav, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Textile Treasures

From ancient looms to modern masterpieces, the textile museums promise a vibrant tapestry of cultural immersion.

Tranquil Escape

Sink your toes into Mandavi’s pristine sands, where tranquility reigns and the only rhythm is the gentle whisper of the ocean, weaving serenity into your soul.

The principal focus was traditional textile arts, but there was a marvellous balance of exposure to other arts and traditional crafts, music, design and architecture.

The food and varied accommodations were excellent. Joji, ATI’s owner, led the tour and his genuine care for his clients, as well as his deep knowledge of and love for India’s cultures, arts, food and people, were always evident.

While the itinerary was carefully planned, flexibility was part of its fabric, so we enjoyed several serendipitous adventures and meetings, which were really enriching. I would say that ATI’s tours are designed for the curious and culturally sensitive, and its itineraries take you off the heavily beaten tourist oaths and much further into the heart of India.

Now that its tours are starting up again after the Covid hiatus, I am planning my next trip with the ATI crew as I cannot think of a better way of seeing India again.

Anna Lennon

Sydney, Australia

ITINERARY

Day 1, 2 & 3 – Ahmedabad - Arrival

Namaste! Welcome to Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat! Upon arriving at Ahmedabad Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD), our team will warmly welcome you and accompany you to your heritage homestay.

We start our tour from the Calico Museum and visit the Gandhi Ashram, the National Institute of Design, markets, traditional eateries, and private museums. We also attend a hands-on tribal art workshop.

Meals:   B |1L | –
AccommodationThe House of MG

Day 4 – Ahmedabad - Patan - Dasada

We’ll explore a remote region of Gujarat today. We’ll take a break at a cotton farm and learn about its production. Rani Ki Vav, the oldest and finest stepwell in Gujarat, is our next stop. We’ll visit the double Ikat or Patan Patola workshops, and on our way to Dasada, we’ll stop at the Modhera Sun Temple.
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Meals:   B | – | D
Accommodation The Royal Safari Camp

Day 5, 6 & 7 – Bhuj

Over the next three days, we will have the opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in the colourful and diverse textile culture of the western region of India. Our accommodation will be in a traditional resort that reflects the local architecture, situated on the outskirts of Bhuj, a city that has a long history of being a hub for crafts and trade.

From this base, we will embark on daily journeys to explore the nearby areas of Kutch district. This region is home to numerous communities of artisans who specialise in various forms of textiles and crafts. We will witness how they use natural dyes, block printing, tie and dye, embroidery and patchwork to create stunning patterns and colours. Additionally, we will have the opportunity to interact with these artisans and learn about their unique stories, traditions, and the challenges they face. One of the artisans expressed, “Our crafts are our identity and our pride. We want to share them with the world and keep them alive for future generations.”

During our travels, we will also visit organisations and museums that aim to support and promote the textiles and crafts of Kutch. Examples include Kala Raksha, Shrujan, and Kutch Museum. These institutions showcase the diversity and beauty of Kutch’s textiles and crafts while highlighting their social and environmental impact. Kala Raksha’s founder stated, “We believe that crafts can be a source of empowerment and sustainability for the artisans and their communities.”

Meals:   B | – | D
AccommodationKutch Safari Lodge

Day 8 – Hodka

Bid farewell to the vibrant crafts of Lower Kutch and embark on a journey north! Before reaching the majestic Great Rann, we’ll delve into the artistry of Mutwa embroidery in a charming village. Witness the meticulous handwork as skilled artisans transform fabrics into dazzling masterpieces. Tiny mirrors and delicate stitches create intricate motifs, showcasing generations of tradition and cultural pride. Each piece takes months to complete, reflecting the dedication and skill behind this art form.

We will visit the Rann of Kutch, an impressive salt marsh that covers a significant portion of the Thar desert in northwestern India. This salt desert is among the largest in the world, spanning over 10,000 square kilometres. The Rann of Kutch is a unique environment that transforms with the seasons. During the monsoon, it is submerged in water and becomes a wetland that attracts millions of migrating birds, including flamingos, pelicans, cranes, and storks. In the winter, it dries up and becomes a vast expanse of white salt that sparkles under the moonlight. The best time to visit the Rann of Kutch is during the full moon when the salt marsh resembles a lunar landscape.

Meals:   B | – | D
Accommodation Mahefeel e Rann Resort

Day 9 – Mandvi Beach

Today, we’ll unwind at Mandvi Beach, Gujarat. It’s clean, serene, and has clear water and white sand. We’ll visit old shipyards and the 72 Jainalaya Jain temple, a stunning example of art and architecture. We’ll also try a delicious Jain lunch, a rare chance to experience the culture and cuisine of this ancient religion.

Meals:   B | – | –
AccommodationVijay Villas Heritage Resort

Day 10 & 11 – Delhi

We arrive in Delhi from Bhuj by flight via Mumbai. En route to the hotel, visit Khan Market to enjoy delicious food and shop for textiles, jewellery, and books. After reaching the hotel, we had the option to either relax or join the tour leader for a Connaught Circle walk.

The next day, we will explore Delhi’s vibrant culture and rich history by visiting Gurudwara Sri Bangla Sahib, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, and Qutub Minar. In the evening, we also had the opportunity to visit the nearby Indian State Craft emporiums.

Meals:   B | – | –
Accommodation The Park Hotel

Day 12 – Delhi - Departure

We hope you have enjoyed your journey with us on the ‘Cotton Traditions’, one of the tours on the ‘Threads of Tradition‘ Textiles Tour series.

It brings us great pleasure to have introduced you to the serene pleasures of textiles, crafts, and cultures of India. We are grateful that you chose to travel with us.

A significant portion of our earnings goes towards community projects throughout India. By travelling with us, you help support these projects, and we are grateful for your generosity. If you’re interested, feel free to inquire about these initiatives.

For those returning home today, we offer an inclusive airport transfer service to Delhi International Airport. We look forward to welcoming you back for another exhilarating ATI Travel experience.

If you are continuing on with our next tour, ‘Golden Threads of Moguls’, please join us on our drive to see the Taj Mahal.

Group Organiser Discount Available

A group organiser (4-10) can avail up to $2000 discount on a twin share package price.
Please contact us for further details.

INCLUDED

  • Airport meet and greet with private transfers
  • Domestic airfare
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Handpicked boutique accommodations
  • Meals as per trip note
  • English-speaking local guides
  • All entrance fees, tips & gratuity
  • Guaranteed departure with just six guests

EXCLUDED

  • International airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical Tests & other medical expenses
  • Personal expenses

REQUEST DETAILED ITINERARY

Or call Joji on +64 (0) 21 505 713

Cotton Traditions

A 12-day Farm to Fabric tour, part of Threads of Tradition Indian textiles tour series.

12 days from NZ$6355 (US$4147/€3992) per person
Ahmedabad to Delhi
Limited to 10 guests | Escorted by Joji Jacob
2024 – 28 Sept to 9 Oct 2024 from NZ$6355
2025 – 28 Sept to 9 Oct 2025 from NZ$6655

Get NZ$1500 discount by joining both ‘Cotton Traditions’ & ‘Golden Threads of Moguls‘ tours.

Please contact us if you wish to customise this itinerary to suit your travel needs.

An ideal trip for:

Solo Traveler, Group of Friends, Couples

If you want a rich and truly authentic experience of the region(s) being visited in a slow and well-paced manner as part of a small group of like-minded people who appreciate the personal care and attention provided to them, then this is the trip for you. 

Safe Travels with ATI

Since 2013, ATI Travel NZ has been unsurpassed at delivering expertly managed small group and tailor-made boutique travel experiences.
We are uniquely qualified to ensure your well-being when travelling with us.

Our local partner offices work tirelessly with us behind the scenes

Our local suppliers and partners know our health & safety requirements, and our requirement to comply with all local regulations.

We follow the health and safety protocols required for your journey

All protocols involving physical distancing, vaccinations, masking, testing and other safety practices are communicated both before and during your journey. These protocols are carried out according to the latest local regulations and service provider requirements.

We facilitate in-country COVID-19 testing and provide round-the-clock support for any health-related matters

ATI’s network of local offices has the contacts and knowledge to support you throughout your journey, from coordinating COVID-19 testing (for travelling between countries and returning home) to answering any questions you have during your journey. Our local partners are experienced in handling any situation and have the contacts and knowledge to support guests 24/7.

ATI Travel will constantly monitor its safe travel plans to comply with global health and safety protocols

In the event that the tour director has to isolate, the tour will continue with the tour director remotely managing the tour in conjunction with the local team members.

If any of the guests have to isolate, all arrangements will be made to find accommodation and their medical support. This is not included in the package costs and must be covered by the individual’s travel insurance.

The guest can join the tour after the required isolation and clearance if the tour is still active. In the event that the tour has been completed, the guest will be supported to make their return passage home.

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Something for everyone

Whether you are a first-timer or experienced traveller, our tours meet the expectations, needs and interests of each individual on the tour. Our guests continuously tell us that it surpasses all their expectations.

Active Tour

This tour is suitable for guests who do not mind travelling that extra mile in search of those unique experiences. If you are interested in culture, cuisine, architecture, people interaction and textiles, you will love this tour.  

boutique accommodation

Boutique accommodation, handpicked by us, for you to rest and rejuvenate in beautiful settings such as palaces, homestay, mansions, farm stay, business hotels and glamping is part of the travel experience we curate for you.

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We provide airport to airport service, for your comfort and safety. Your private vehicle and the English speaking driver will accompany you throughout the journey. Check out the feedback we have received from our guests.

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