2017 Textile Tour of Bhutan

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.

Wendy with her weaving teacher and friendI 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).

We had an awesome time on the 2016 tour (see photos at Textile Tour of Bhutan March 2016) and would love you to join us next year!

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