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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 | Bajana | Bhuj | Mandvi | Morbi | Ahmedabad

Textiles tour of Gujarat Route Map

Start - Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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

Meals:   B | – | –
AccommodationThe House of MG

Day 3 – Patan

Embark on an exclusive journey beyond Ahmedabad, where cotton farms, block printers, brocade weavers, and Mashru artisans unveil their ancient crafts. Immerse yourself in Gandhi’s legacy at Sabarmati Ashram, witnessing handmade paper-making – a symbol of self-reliance. Marvel at Rani Ki Vav’s architectural splendour, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then witness the crown jewel of weaving – the intricate, centuries-old art of Double Ikat weaving in Patan.

Meals:   B | – | –
Accommodation The Grand Raveta

Day 4 – Bajana

Rise and shine with a delicious breakfast, then embark on a journey through time! Delve into the 10th-century marvel of Modhera Sun Temple, unravelling its secrets and marvelling at its engineering genius. Afterwards, settle into your charming safari lodge in Bajana, the gateway to the Little Runch of Kutch. Immerse yourself in local life by visiting a salt farm, meeting the welcoming tribal community, and swaying to their captivating music – an unforgettable start to your Kutch adventure!

Meals:   B | – | D
AccommodationThe Royal Safari Camp

Day 5, 6, 7 & 8 – 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.”

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
AccommodationKutch Safari Lodge

Day 9 – Mandvi Beach

Trade Bhuj’s vibrant crafts for serenity at Mandvi Beach. Bask on the Gulf of Kutch’s pristine waters and white sand. Dive deeper into history at the ancient shipyards, where colossal vessels once took shape. Marvel at the 72 Jainalaya Jain Temple, a white marble masterpiece adorned with intricate carvings. Savour a traditional Jain lunch, experiencing their principles of non-violence firsthand. This unforgettable journey goes beyond the beach, offering a cultural immersion you won’t forget.

Meals:   B | – | –
AccommodationVijay Villas Heritage Resort

Day 10 – Morbi

Farewell Kutch! Bid adieu with a scenic 4-hour journey back, soaking in coastal beauty and rural charm. In Morbi, witness women-led glass bead magic – skilled hands transform molten glass into sparkling stories, each piece imbued with generations-old artistry. Explore their transformation into intricate crafts and jewellery, then unwind at your hotel, cherishing memories of this unforgettable land where tradition shines as brightly as the beads themselves.

Meals:   B | – | –
Accommodation Regenta Inn

Day 11 – Morbi - Ahmedabad

On the way from Morbi to Ahmedabad, we meet Babubai, a Tangalia Weaver, and his family in the Dedadara village. Tangaliya is an ancient craft from Gujarat that dates back 700 years. It was initially woven and worn by the shepherds, but it almost disappeared with the rise of cheaper machine-made fabrics. Luckily, a few Tangaliya weavers have kept this traditional art form alive and flourishing.

After this enriching cultural experience, continue our journey to the vibrant city of Ahmedabad, reaching our destination around 5 pm. The evening is yours to unwind, explore the bustling streets, or indulge in some last-minute shopping.

Meals:   B | – | –
Accommodation Lemon Tree Premier

Day 12 – Ahmedabad - Departure

We hope you have enjoyed your journey with us on the first half of the ‘Treads of Tradition’ Textiles Tour. You can continue with the tour’s second half from Delhi to Kolkata or opt for a 7-day tour extension to visit Delhi city, the Taj Mahal, and the Chambal wilderness.

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. If you’re interested, feel free to inquire about these initiatives. By travelling with us, you help support these projects, and we are grateful for your generosity.

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

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 Ahmedabad
Limited to 10 guests | Escorted by Joji Jacob
2024 – 20 Sept to 1 Oct 2024
2025 – 28 Sept to 9 Oct 2025

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.

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