Threads of Rajasthan 2015

Escorted Journeys - Threads of Rajasthan February 2015

In February 2015, Christina Sumner OAM escorted ‘Threads of Rajasthan’, a specialist interest, small group journey focusing on the textile industry of India. Christina is a leading expert in Indian textiles and as former principal curator of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, she has curated numerous exhibitions and written and lectured widely about the arts of the Asian region. She has a background as a weaver and a teacher, and has tertiary qualifications in history and archaeology. Her love for travelling comes a very close second to her lifelong devotion to textiles, and leading specialist interest journeys with The Classic Safari Company enables her to combine the two. The feedback we have received has been nothing short of fabulous......


Home after a most rewarding & successful introduction to India, albeit only a small sample of a vast & fascinating country. Thank you for organising such a memorable travel experience. I was simply blown away by the Varanasi visit - it was a mind-blowing experience - and to think this happens every day/night in & around the Ganga!  WJD - Mosman

I have to say it took me a few days to get used to not being in that wonderful, colourful, exciting place of INDIA. I just loved every moment of it, and it was only made possible by the wonderfully organized leaders we all enjoyed, namely Christina and Betsy. LW - East Blaxland 

Thanks for such a wonderful time with a great group. I will always have fond memories of our special evenings - Jaisalmer dining & dancing, World Sufi Spirit Festival and Champagne on elephants - as well as all the other great places we visited. SR - Coogee

Christina you were such a wonderful leader and I appreciated how generous you were with your time and knowledge. You made the trip very special. CB - St Leonards

Rajasthan is the ideal destination for curious travellers, offering geographical contrasts that range from the great Thar Desert to Udaipur’s Lake Pichola, the colourful history of the Rajput clans and their legendary chivalry and courage, magnificent architecture and superb traditional textiles. Travel through the rural heart of Rajasthan also uncovers life lived by the majority of Rajasthanis engaged in agriculture, herding and craft production. The area offers a true cross section of India's rich history, diverse culture and modern life and 'Threads of Rajasthan' was a compelling, captivating and often confronting journey through the ranging contrasts of this magical land.

There were many highlights on the tour such as meeting

Sally Holkar, founder of the Womenweave Charitable Trust


WomenWeave Charitable Trust is a registered Charitable Trust based in Maheshwar in the state of Madhya Pradesh that has supported and developed the role of women in handloom weaving since 2002. Sally, came to handloom when she married a member of the Indore royal family, traditional patrons of Maheshwari saree weavers. In 1978, Sally co-founded the Rehwa Society, which she managed until 2003. She then established the Women's Weave Charitable Trust to extend Rehwa's philosophy of support and development across the Indian handloom spectrum, in the belief that weaving provides a dignified and remunerative income-earning opportunity for rural women. Sally spoke of establishing women as weavers in Maheshwar, where she lives, instigating a fundamental change from the age-old tradition in India of male weavers.


Following on from the success of Threads of Rajasthan in 2015 Christina will host


This personal encounter in 2016 will focus on the spellbinding and brilliantly coloured textiles of Eastern India – from historic Chennai on the coast of Tamil Nadu to Odisha and the Coromandel Coast of Andhra Pradesh. You will have the opportunity to meet local artisans and revel in their exceptionally beautiful textile traditions, experience tribal arts and ancient dance whilst staying in superb hotels andindulging in some of India’s finest food.  Enriching your travel through eastern India you will view ancient temples, wander colourful markets and sacred sites in a small and intimate group of like‐minded travellers

For a detailed THREADS OF EASTERN INDIA - A ROAD LESS TRAVELLED itinerary or a TAILOR-MADE JOURNEY to India, Sri Lanka or Bhutan to suit your style and budget please contact our resident expert Ali Anderson on




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