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Watching the women from the Liangmai tribe in Manipur work on their back strap looms in their small but neat village homes, you realise how much time, care and effort goes into creating these vividly-patterned pieces. Seated on low stools with a strap from one end of the loom encircling their back, the women deftly move the shuttle through the yarn while laughing and chatting with you. It’s only when you try to replicate their movements at the loom that you realise how physically exhausting this deceptively-simple exercise is.

In Kaziranga, try your hand at creating your own tie-and-dye Eri (Ahimsa) silk stole at a natural dye workshop. In Tezpur, women from the Mishing tribe will demonstrate their skills on the back strap and frame looms as a local guide walks you through their village. In Bishnapur, learn to drape your own phanek, a sarong worn by the Meiteis. Interspersed between these trips, are fun-filled distractions such as shopping trips to Ima Keithel, a 16th century market run by women in Imphal, visits to the Kaziranga National Park as well as a cruise along Manipur’s famed Loktak lake.

Taking you through the weaving traditions of Assam and Manipur, this tour will open your eyes to the rich handloom traditions of the Northeast. Along the way, you will learn to distinguish the works of different tribal communities within the same state. Take, for instance, the weaves produced by Manipur’s dominant Meitei community which is in sharp contrast to those favoured by the Liangmai tribe. Both live within 50 kms of each other!

But the best part is meeting other people who share your love and passion for local arts and crafts. Walk away with deep insight on textile traditions that are fast disappearing and new friends with whom you can share this eventful journey.

Both Assam and Manipur have a rich weaving tradition that is centuries old. Explore the region through its textiles and clothing, visit villages, textile fairs and centres. Create your own samples in certain places and take a few activities that aren't directly linked to Textiles but to the lives of the tribes and the natural beauty of the region. After all in the north East weaving textiles is a way of life.

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : December 13, 2019

Time : 10:22 am

Guwahati airport - Kaziranga

Arrive at Guwahati Airport. Most flights arrive here by about 10.15 in the morning. Pick up will be arranged for 10.45 – 11 am. In case you are looking to book a later flight then please arrive a day earlier to Guwahati and we will suggest accommodation for you. Be greeted by your driver and then transfer to Kaziranga. Relax, enjoy a light freshly prepared snack and meet your travel companions. En route stop for lunch. You will reach your hotel in Kaziranga by 4pm approx. Check in and join your tour curator for tea. She will brief you on the trip, the activities and answer your queries. Evening visit the Silk n dye festival and interact with various artisans from the region in their stalls and watch a few performances.

Day 2

Date : December 14, 2019

Time : 9:30 am

Kaziranga

(Optional at 5.30 – 6 am) Early morning an elephant ride inside the sanctuary. At 10 am a natural dye workshop has been arranged for you along with a master dye where you will be creating your own tie dye Eri (Ahimsa) silk. At the workshop you will be introduced to various dyes and how it is used and a few techniquies of knotting. After which you will be shown the different stages of spinning and weaving practised by the weavers in Assam. The afternoon jeep safari, for which the dress code is outdoor clothing, sun cap and walking shoes in neutral colours. Report to hotel lobby by 2pm. Evening catch up on your shopping and a few cultural performances.

Day 3

Date : December 15, 2019

Time : 10:22 am

Kaziranga - Tezpur

Check out and visit the orchid park situated nearby which houses about 200 different types of orchids that grow in the region. It has a small textile and craft museum attached to it. Then proceed to Tezpur which situated near the north bank of the Brahmaputra river and is 2 hours away. Enjoy lunch at a popular restaurant en route. A visit has been planned to a village situated near the river banks to interact with the weavers over chai and to explore life in a typical Assamese village. Check into Hotel and in the evening a dinner has been arranged with a few locals to provide you with insights to life in the red river valley.

Day 4

Date : December 16, 2019

Time : 9:22 am

Tezpur

Morning set out for Potashali, a Mishing tribe village located above Tezpur for a day trip. Here a local guide will walk you through the village and introduce you to weavers who weave at home. The Mishing women are skilled weavers and use both the back strap and frame looms. There will be a demonstration on how the traditional outfit is worn and a few products for sale. Lunch has been organised in a nearby campsite. Early evening a leisurely walk by the scenic Jia borali river to take in the view of the eastern Himalayas. Evening at leisure.

Day 5

Date : December 17, 2019

Time : 9:22 am

Tezpur - Guwahati

Check out and visit the Tezpur Mahila Samiti, one of the oldest women's co operative in the country. One of the committee member's will take you around and provide you anecdotes from its 100 year old history. Watch a weavers training session in progress. Drive to Guwahati. En route visit the roadside vendors who make baskets out of cane and bamboo. Evening at leisure to choose from a list of things to do in Guwahati.

Day 6

Date : December 18, 2019

Time : 8:22 am

Guwahati - Imphal - Moirang

Morning check out and en route to the airport visit the Kamakhya temple for a quick walk around the property. We will advise you at the time of confirmation on which flight to book for Imphal. At Imphal visit a popular restaurant for lunch and then drive to Lok Tak lake in Moirang district. Check into your hotel and enjoy a walk in a small fishing village located nearby where they weave fishing nets and plain cotton gamuchas. Watch the sun set over the lake.

Day 7

Date : July 19, 2019

Time : 9:22 am

Moirang - Bishnupur - Imphal

A motor boat ride on the lake has been arranged for you and then depart for Bishnapur. En route visit the INA museum. At Bishnapur weavers of the Meitei community will demonstrate patterning on the loom and show you how the traditional costume is worn. Learn to drape your own phanek, a sarong worn by the women of this tribe. Proceed towards Imphal and check into the hotel. Evening optional to visit a few stores and a popular local restaurant for dinner.

Day 8

Date : December 20, 2019

Time : 9:22 am

Imphal

Morning set out for village of Makhaan situated on the outskirts of the city. The weavers of the Lengmai tribe use back strap loom to weave and their traditional outfit and weaves are more graphic. The technique of weaving and cloth produced is in sharp contrast to that produced by the Meitei community. A demonstration has been arranged for you with products for sale. Then visit the RKCS art gallery, a private gallery that tells the history of Manipur through gorgeous oil paintings. A great way to imbibe the costumes and drapes of the state. Visits to a fw stores has been planned. Early evening visit the 600 year old IMA market run entirely by women. Here along with textiles, you will see examples of Phiruk, the traditional basket of the Meitei tribe, exotic floral and vegetables. Evening drive 45mins away to visit the Langei project which is an initiative that emplyes over a 100 weavers from the nearby villages. Here too most weavers use a back strap loom but their cloth is softer and weave is of a different from the ones seen in the morning. Dinner has been planned here at a local restaurant that uses locally sourced organic products.

Day 10

Date : December 21, 2019

Time : 9:22 am

Imphal airport

Morning check out and visit the Kangla fort. This was once the home of the Manipuri princes and a local guide will take you through the large property and show you the important sights. Visit the museum situated here. A light bite will be arranged in the local café here. Then you will be dropped at the airport to continue your homeward journey.

– All road transfers in Assam and Manipur vis deluxe tempo traveller and Ertiga Suzuki.
– All accommodation in deluxe category rooms in twin sharing basis. In case of single occupancy preference please write to us.
– All activities and demonstrations including material as mentioned in the tour itinerary.
– One jeep safari with a naturalist and one boat ride at Loktak lake.
– Daily breakfast, one dinner in Assam , 3 major meals in Manipur.
– Drinking water, light dry snacks during transfers

– All airfares.
– Any major meal not mentioned in the inclusions.
– Snacks, beverage unless mentioned in the inclusions.
– Any activity not mentioned in the inclusions like elephant ride at Kaziranga.
– Tips, laundry, porter charges and shopping money.

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  • Start Friday December 13, 2019
    End Saturday December 21, 2019
    Group (Min-Max) 1 - 12 Pax
    Price 66,000.00 /Person

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Since it is a limited number of travellers and we do have fixed costs, there is a cancellation charge.

If you cancel your booking 45 days prior to departure date, you will be charged 40% of your total booking amount.
If you cancel your booking 10 days prior to departure date, a 60% fee will be deducted from your advance payment.
Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 100% of your total booking amount.

Costs have been calculated on 6-7 adults traveling on twin sharing basis and 6-8 children. It will change depending on the number of people travelling and mode of transport if you wish to change it.

Yes, we do. The additional cost includes expenditure incurred for permits and other paperwork that Indian traveler does not require.

Yes, clients must be insured to cover the costs of medical emergencies/ expenses incurred due to weather conditions, prevailing road conditions, political situations, natural calamities, change in flight schedule, mechanical malfunction, or any such unanticipated events or any acts of God.

The major restaurants, hotels and shops in Guwahati, Kaziranga, Tezpur and Imphal will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

The weather will be pleasant during the day and cold at night. Carry at least one warm jacket and a scarf.

There might be a few mild showers so carry a waterproof jacket and good sturdy walking shoes are a must.

Carry sun cream, sun glasses, insect repellent, a cap, a pair of binoculars

A valid photo Id ( Passport with valid visa for foreign passport holders).

Carry cell phone and camera chargers. Some places you may not have access to Wifi.

Carry basic medicines and any medication that you might be using.

Yes. A good selection of locally sourced vegetables will be provided.

The areas that we will be covering have decent roads and there are no hill sections.

Access to medical facilities is available in all locations.

Tips: hotel staff for a 3 night stay Rs 200 – Rs 250/- and driver for a week Rs 1000 – 1500/-.
Restaurant: a meal for 4 (Rs 2500 to 8000/-).

Pleasant during the day and cold at night. Carry at least one warm jacket and a scarf.

No. Please carry your wifi hotspot or dongle.