Newsletter No. 6 – June 2018

Hello textile lovers!

What an amazing first half of 2018 it has been.  We released our 2019 India Textiles Tour last week to those who’d registered an EOI and this trip now has only a few places left!  This tour of a lifetime starts in Delhi and moves through the colourful textile-rich cities and villages of Rajasthan and Gujurat. We’ll be exploring the local markets, bazaars and museums chock full of embroideries, fabrics, traditional clothing and more. The trip also includes some of the big-ticket must-see cultural sites, UNESCO World Heritage-listed forts and palaces, and hands-on workshops in block printing, blue pottery and weaving. One of the special features of this tour that we’re looking forward to is the range of boutique heritage hotels we stay in, for that little touch of luxury and old world decadence. There’s even an [optional] hot air balloon ride over the exquisite pink city of Jaipur. Interested? There are a couple of places left but they won’t last long.  Check the website for the tour overview and contact us ASAP for the itinerary and booking form to avoid disappointment.

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Also last week our 2019 Morocco Textiles Tour sold out in just 15 minutes!  We’re thrilled by this overwhelmingly enthusiastic response  …   thank you if you’re one of those who signed up and sorry to those who missed out.

An overview of the trip is now on the website …  We’ll definitely be running this popular tour again in 2020 so if you’re not on the EOI (Expression of Interest) list and want to be, let us know via the contact tab on the website.

In other news …

Our first textile tour for 2018 was our Laos Textiles Tour in May.  Did you follow along on Facebook or Instagram? We always post pics on our official retreat|recreate Instagram account as well as our own personal accounts so there’s lots to see.  Thanks to our wonderful Laos travellers who also posted their own inspiring photos while we were on the road. What a beautiful country Laos is with stunning textiles and exquisite handcrafts to be found EVERYWHERE you look.  We visited rural villages where every house had a weaving loom by the front door, bringing new meaning to ‘buy local’. It’s a pretty special experience, purchasing an exquisite hand spun, hand dyed and hand woven scarf or length of fabric directly from an artisan, knowing that it was woven by her right there on her front verandah.

The Laos tour was rich in hands-on activities, with workshops and classes in silk weaving, basketry, embroidery, natural dyeing, batik and papercraft. We’ll be returning to Laos  in November 2019 and adding on a Thailand leg to the trip so if you’re keen  you know the drill …  Register your Expression of Interest for the 2019 Thai/Laos Textiles Tour at the website.

And finally our 2018 Vietnam Textiles Tour kicked off in Hanoi this week! Susan Keeble is hosting this trip alone (well, with our fabulous in-country guide), and Susan Rees-Osborne is very envious! Later in September Susan RO will host the 2018 Japan Textiles Tour so it will be the other Sue’s turn to be envious. Do keep an eye out on Instagram and Facebook for pics from both these tours as they’re full of handcraft and textile experiences to inspire.

Don’t forget, our 2019 textile tours are:

Japan textiles and quilt show – January SOLD OUT

India textiles – February – A COUPLE OF PLACES LEFT

Morocco textiles – March/April – SOLD OUT

Bali/Flores textiles – late July – EOIs INVITED

Japan textiles – mid September – EOIs INVITED

Japan Blue, an indigo focus – late September – EOIs INVITED

Thailand/Laos textiles – mid/late November – EOIs INVITED

That’s right, SEVEN textile tours next year. Something for everyone! One of us is taking a year off from her regular job to do this gig full time (woohoo!) but we’ll be back to our regular three trips per year in 2020 so do make the most of next year. Register your EOIs at the website so you don’t miss out. We always give our EOI folk an early bird opportunity to sign up for our tours, and sometimes a tour sells out before it even reaches the rest of the general mailing list. A reminder to act quickly people.

Best wishes and happy travels from both of us,

Susan K and Susan RO

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