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Textile traditions in India 2016 November

Traditional skills in a rapidly changing world.

Further information, route plans and costings

Dates: 12th – 25th November 2016

(These are suggested dates- we could take 5th -18th November instead depending on the groups needs.)

This unique 14 day process will take you to parts of India which have some of the most wonderful textiles traditions. The journey will look at the skills and processes that are used by crafts people, and how these skilled communities are responding to India’s rapidly changing environment.

The visit aims to enable people interested in art and crafts from the UK to visit and interact with crafts people from India, mainly in the field of textiles. You will visit their workshops and facilities, learn about their traditions, and practically learn some new skills through hands on activities

Who is this for?

This journey is open to all who are interested in travel and textiles. The plan is for the group to consist of 10- 20 people who have a specific professional and/or personal interest in the themes that we will be discussing and developing during the visit, and who can offer something to the group dynamic as a whole.

Who is the visit being organised by? The visit is organised by a study centre in India called Sangam alongside Devika Krishnan. Sangam have been facilitating visits like this since 2004, and Devika is a designer who works with many crafts communities across India and coordinates Dastakar Ranthambor in Rajesthan.


What is Sangam? Sangam is a study centre in the village of Silvepura 20 miles north of Bangalore. The centre works closely with local schools, runs study visits for visiting teachers, and facilitates journeys around South India.“Sangam” means “meeting point” or “confluence”, ie between people of different cultures.  Imogen and Kiran Sahi run Sangam. Imo is a teacher from the UK and works as a consultant education advisor and master trainer for the British Council alongside Sangam. Kiran is a designer from India, trained at the National Institute of Design and teaches art and design, he has had fifteen years of professional experience guiding and interpreting India to visitors and is skilled at interpreting and explaining Indian culture and the ways in which it is changing and developing. Visitors working with Sangam therefore both experience India, and are enabled to understand what they are seeing. Together Imo and Kiran have developed Sangam into a place for enabling learning. They facilitate the process of the visit, the activities, accommodation, transport, and helping to interpret what we encounter. To find out more about Sangam and their work please look at their website:

Where will the group stay? You will stay in comfortable and authentic simple guest houses and hotels. In the summer of 2016 you will be sent a pack containing all the details of where you are staying.

How will we travel? The journey will involve some trains, some buses, some cars and some flying, and will depend on which route you choose. A bit of everything! The group will be accompanied throughout by Kiran Sahi and Devika Krishnan. Devika regularly coordinates crafts tours in North India. They will interpret and explain what you see on the journeys and will facilitate the process.

What will the weather be like? November in India will be cool and dry with temperatures in Rajesthan in the mid to late 20s and early 30s and in Kashmir in the low 20s and at times going down to 8 degrees C at night.

What should we bring? In the summer of 2016 you will be sent a comprehensive preparation pack containing advice about kit lists, advice for travelling to India, how to get a visa and medical advice. You will also be invited to an optional informal meeting before you travel when you will meet with the rest of the group, hear more about the programme, and will be a chance for you to ask questions.

What is the cost? The visit cost will be between £1300- £1500 per person. The exact cost will depending on the choice of journey and the final programme details. Details of what this includes are to be found on the final page of this document.

What will we do? There are three route options for this journey, and the price is different for each of the options. All the journeys are outlined on the further information which can be downloaded here. These drafts may change depending on your interests, but we will work with these as a draft plan. Once you have made your choice we will send more details of the chosen journey.

How to apply: Please mail Kiran at Sangam using the email addresses below and we will send you through an application form. The completed application form needs to be emailed to the address below by the end of February 2016.

How to find out more:

Please download the details about this visit which includes the three route options and price information.

If there are queries which have not been covered above, or if you would like to talk over details of the visit prior to booking, please contact:

To apply:

Contact: Kiran Sahi at:



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