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Textile traditions in India 2016 July - Karnataka and Rajasthan

A journey in India June and July 2016

Traditional skills in a rapidly changing world.

UPDATE:  We are committed to running and developing safe and secure programmes of travel. In light of the current situation in Kashmir with some recent minor political unrest we feel that it is a sensible idea to avoid the region this summer. I apologise for the change to the programme. Please see all the details below for updates.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Please download this information for full details of the revised programme and journey in India.

Dates: 25th June - 8th July 2016

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. Kiran is skilled at interpreting and explaining Indian culture and the ways in which it is changing and developing, so that visitors working with Sangam 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: www.sangamprojects.com

 

Where will the group stay? You will stay in comfortable and authentic simple guest houses and hotels. In early 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. Kiran has had fifteen years of professional experience guiding and interpreting India to visitors and 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? June and July in India is a pre monsoon months. It will be hot and dry however towards the end of the trip, the monsoon rains may be just beginning.

 

What should we bring? In early 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 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 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 below. 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 do I find out more and how to apply: For all details of costings, itinerary and programme, 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 March 2015.

 

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:

Group leader:

Kiran Sahi at: sangaminfo@gmail.com

 

Please see Sangam’s  facebook page for more images from 2014’s craft tour. www.facebook.com/sangamprojects

And below are some comments from last year’s group:

 

I have wanted to travel to India for as long as I can remember but had not known how to go about it as I did not want to travel around without getting an understanding of this amazing country.  Sangam’s introduction to India was just the perfect vehicle.

I absolutely loved the trip to the weaving community - felt very privileged to have been given these insights.

The whole time was full of amazing wonderful surprises! I never believed I would actually ride on an elephant!

The food at Sangam was totally delicious - the accommodation just right. Eating out in the way we did with Kiran or Imo being there to order for us was just fabulous.  It gave us a wonderful Introduction to Southern Indian food.  I loved the whole experience.

Go, enjoy, keep an open mind, do everything, take every opportunity, listen to everyone, ask, question, learn… then you will have an amazing experience to take home and cherish.

 

It truly was the most inspirational, exciting and memorable visit.

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