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.
I will personally escort the tour to share the expertise and insights I gained into Bhutanese culture and textiles while living in Bhutan.
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 alongside an immersive 2-night stay in a rural village.
The tour runs for 16 days/15nights, March 10-25, 2016 and is priced at USD$5783.00 per person (twin share/double, ex Bangkok).
Your tour escort, Wendy Garrity, together with our local guide, will provide unique windows into Bhutanese culture and the way home-based textile production empowers women as we journey through the mysterious folds of the Bhutanese Himalaya.
This tour has been crafted especially for people who love textiles, craft and local culture and who seek the immersive experience of travelling with Wendy, who has lived and breathed Bhutan and is passionate about the Bhutanese people, their culture, and particularly their weaving.
Highlights of this exclusive experience include:
- Two days and 2 nights immersive stay in a weaving village in Eastern Bhutan
- Attend the pre-‐dawn unfurling of the sacred thondrol at Paro Tsechu
- Exclusive opportunities to learn about the work of the Australian Himalayan Foundation in supporting the development of women and girls through support from traditional textiles and women’s enterprise.
- Private tour and viewings of textile museum, academy and textile collections with curator
- Access to pieces in Textile Museum’s collection that are not currently on display
- Special lecture/presentations at by curator or other experts
- Audience with Kezang Uncle (Master Weaver) and his weaving family in Changzamtog
- Portable looms provided for those interested in learning Bhutanese supplementary weft twining
- Visit the remarkable Punakha Dzong built at the confluence of two glacial rivers
- Visit the iconic Tigers Nest monastery hanging from a cliff-side
We understand that our group will have varying interests and so we provide a range of activities, ranging from hands-on opportunities at the loom through to non-textile pursuits for accompanying partners. We take in the major sights across the country while also taking the time to stay long enough in one place to interact with locals and experience village life. Our small group size combined with driver, local leader and escort enables us to split the group for alternate activities as required and cater for all depths of interest.
This is a rare opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of weaving while travelling with someone who has made a true cross-cultural journey.
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