Do you dream of travel, meeting artisans, and enjoying exquisite handmade textiles? Judy Frater, who lived in India for 30 years and established the first design school for artisans, is planning a unique experience of intimate exchanges with textile artisans of Kutch and Ahmedabad. You will meet weavers, block print, batik and bandhani artists, embroiderers who have graduated from the year-long design course and more, hear their amazing and heartwarming stories, and delight in their fabulous innovations. You will learn craft traditions in four hands-on workshops. You will also savor a visit to the world-famous Calico Textile Museum and authentic Gujarati cuisine. Most importantly, your experiences will encourage you to contemplate traditional lifestyles, the complex issues of traditions adapting to the fast-evolving contemporary world, and the concepts of sustainability.
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Image courtesy of Judy Frater:
Caption: The members of Frater’s 2022 tour display the Ajrakh scarves they created under the tutorship of Irfanbhai, Soyabbhai, Khalidbhai and Yasinbhai, all traditional artisans and graduates of the design education program. Image credit: Judy Frater