India Unravelled with Natalie Miller
Weave your way through India's rich culture
Astounding in its diversity of people, landscapes, religions, architecture and textiles, India is a sumptuous treat for the culturally curious.
On this exceptional 10 day journey you will explore the captivating cities of Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi, and have the opportunity to experience the soul of India - witnessing the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset, riding in the back of rickshaws, marveling at the humble artistry of ‘carpet wallahs’ and glimpsing the everyday magic of Rajasthan’s artisans at work. As one of India’s most revered cultural forefronts, textiles will be at the heart of this trip. Hosted by expert interior designer and textile artist, Natalie Miller, this journey has been delicately crafted for those seeking a deeper appreciation and understanding of Indian textiles and the role they play within Indian cultures both ancient and modern. 'Queen of Macrame' Natalie and will guide and interpret as you travel, heightening your understanding of the processes and techniques in action.
Starting your trip in the charming and highly photogenic 'blue city' of Jodhpur you will discover ancient forts, tribal cultures and the centuries-old tradition of carpet weaving on heritage hand looms before moving onto Jaipur, the home of block printing. From here you will journey to Agra to witness the magnificent Taj Mahal visiting at the quieter times of sunrise and sunset when the light is soft and the atmosphere is calm. Continuing the journey you will visit the Wildlife SOS Conservation Centre where villagers are knitting jumpers for rescued elephants who are vulnerable to the cold temperatures, before finally arriving in Delhi. Back in Delhi you'll enjoy a rickshaw ride through the old town exploring the captivating sights, sounds and smells of every day life, a visit to one of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid and a browse through the impressive National Handicrafts and Handloom museum.
Throughout your journey you will stay in a handpicked selection of India's best art hotels, restored palaces and havelis, dine on exquisite cuisine, meet everyday people to experience authentic India and benefit from the very best guiding. Of course you will also enjoy Natalie's interpretations along the way, as well as a the companionship of a small group of likeminded female travellers.
This is an extraordinary and immersive journey showcasing the very best of India's textiles and traditions with experiences simply not available 'off the shelf'. As a one-off itinerary with limited space this journey will fill quickly. Please enquire now if you would like to register your interest.
About Natalie Miller
With the stunning Southern Highlands as a backdrop for inspiration, Moss Vale based artist Natalie Miller is a registered architect, interior designer, and textile artist. With 25 years in the interior design industry with a focus on textiles, carpet and fabric design, Natalie has explored how textiles can transform architectural spaces. Known for her sell-out workshops on tapestry weaving, heddle loom weaving, macramé, knitting and natural dyeing, Natalie is a master of all things in the woven and fabric worlds. Natalie’s artisan approach forefronts weaving and macramé techniques without allowing tools to dominate her work. Driven by reviving the beauty of hand making, Natalie is fascinated by the different cultural approaches to dying, weaving and creating textiles. Natalie hand dyes all her fabrics from Australian wool and natural dyes. Over the past 5 years Natalie has taught over 4,000 students throughout Australia and internationally in Hong Kong, Bali, Thailand, Singapore, Paris, Japan, New York and Columbus. Having led textile tours and retreats in Thailand, Bali and Japan, this will be Natalie’s first trip in India. Natalie has recently completed the two biggest macramé chandeliers in the world in Pacific Place on Hong Kong Island for Chinese New Year. Along with other notable collaborations, she has worked with other artists for fashion labels and installations for brands including Romance Was Born and The Woolmark Company. Natalie’s extensive training includes studying tapestry weaving at Sturt Art and Craft centre, Saori weaving at Saorinomori with Kenzo Jo in Japan and Batik dyeing in Bali. She has been featured in Elle Decoration, The Design Files,CountryStyle, Women’sWeekly and Instyle, to name a few.
For more information, please head to www.nataliemillerdesign.com