Threads of Middle India, Almora & Amritsar
Christina Sumner leads you through Middle India, Almora & Amritsar
This specially-designed journey through the heart of India brings us into close contact with India’s magnificent textile traditions and the artisans themselves. Wherever possible, we will visit those makers who are connected to us through the Australia-based social enterprise Artisans of Fashion. Enriching our travels, we stay at superb hotels and enjoy some of India’s finest food, as we forge overall a deeper understanding of this extraordinary nation and its people.
From the bustle of culturally complex Hyderabad, we journey northwards to Indore in Madhya Pradesh. We meet the Khatri family of block printing masters in nearby Bagh and are introduced to their age-old processes; we stay in historic Ahilya Fort on the banks of the Narmada River in Maheshwar, where we visit markets and temples, go boating at sunset, and meet the skilled weavers of WomenWeave.
We continue northwards to Delhi, India’s capital and our take-off point for two special journeys. Firstly, we catch the Shatabdi Express northeast into the Middle Himalayas to visit the renowned Nanda Devi Handloom and Heritage Centre in remote and beautiful Almora. In this independent co-operative, 800 women are engaged in producing superb woven and knitted products from sheep wool, pashmina and silk.
And then we return to Delhi for overnight before flying north to the Himalaya bound for Amritsar where we will celebrate India's colourful Holi festival and visit the famous Golden Temple. In Amritsar we stay in the charming Ranjit's Svaasa and enjoy a walking tour of this 400 year old city along with a visit to Raja Sansi, a local village renowned for Bukhara-style carpets.
Sharing her knowledge and interpretation, Christina will enhance your understanding and deepen your appreciation of this lesser known and beautiful corner
of captivating India. Threads of Middle India makes for a deeply insightful, enriching and fascinating journey.