I’m excited to finally be able to release details of the specialised Textile Tour to Bhutan 2017. This tour gives you the opportunity to travel with TWO textile experts!
This year we are led by Patrizia Franceschinis Tshering. Living in Bhutan since 1982, married to a Bhutanese, Patrizia is an enthusiastic collector of textile art and handwoven textiles from South-South East Asia. Patrizia applies 21 years’ work in women’s development with international and non-governmental organizations with a life-long interest in textile design and hand weaving and has worked with Bhutanese master weavers and artists for decades.
I will also accompany the tour offering expertise in the techniques of Bhutanese kushutara weaving. The group will be capped at 11 guests.
This magical journey will wind through fertile valleys and villages, traversing the country to reach the little-visited textile heartland of kushutara in Eastern Bhutan. This trip is designed to deepen your experience of this fascinating country with a focus on Bhutanese textiles and opportunities to visit major sights.
The tour runs for 17 days/16 nights 23 Nov – 9 Dec 2017 and is priced at USD$$4748.00 per person (twin share/double, land package).
Note (April 2017): This tour is now fully booked, but you are still welcome to register your interest and be placed on the waiting list in case of cancellations. This also ensures you are notified immediately future tours are released.
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I am delighted to announce that Textile Trails, The Australian Himalayan Foundation and Bhutan and Beyond have teamed up to offer a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Bhutan tailored to those with a special interest in textiles and women’s empowerment. Continue reading →
Recently I enjoyed browsing through the sumptuous kushutara brocades paraded down the catwalk at the Window to Woven Dreams fashion show held at the opening of the new Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan. Continue reading →
A stiff 3-hour walk up the hill from Khoma (1000m higher) brought us to Goenpaka, where the standard of kushutara weaving is even higher. Here the weavers’ skills are so highly valued that they are completely spared from working in the fields, and can weave throughout the day and into the evening.
Tsechu (festival) time is heaven for a textile voyeur like me. Everyone wears their finest clothes, and in Paro that meant the opportunity to see many especially fine kushutara kiras on the women. Continue reading →