India has a vibrant and colourful textile tradition dating back thousands of years.
Cotton production, spinning and weaving have been recorded in India as far back as the Harapan culture, 4,000 years ago and it is still a major part of Indian textile production today. It is the largest producer of jute in the world, this ‘golden fibre’ is mainly produced in the Eastern states of Assam and West Bengal. India is the second largest producer of silk, after China, and produces 18% of the world’s total silk.
Gandhi promoted the handloom and spinning to empower poor people and teach them to produce their own cloth called Khadi. Handlooms still form a huge part of the textile industry in India today. Demonstrations and weaving workshops are available in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
See beautiful Chikan kari embroideries on silk wedding saris in Lucknow, fabulous block-printing in Rajasthan, mirror-work and intricate embroideries on handwoven fabric in Gujarat.
Visit the Calico Museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad or buy a hand-knotted Tibetan inspired rug from the Tibetan Refugee Centre in Darjeeling.
We can include a textile element in any of our tailor-made itineraries and we have also designed some unique individual and small group tours with a textile focus.
Please call us or email for more details.