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Ethnic Textile Tour


The textiles, fabrics and textures of the subcontinent of India are as colorful and varied as the multifaceted cultures and customs of the land. Avail of any of the holiday packages that offer ethnic textile tours and you will be led through a series of interesting places and their characteristics.

The ethnic textile tours India offers a host of touring destinations to an ardent traveler. Start your tour from Kolkata. Take a flight to Bhubaneswar in Orissa – the land of Khandagiri & Udayagiri, Lingaraja temple and rock edicts of Dhauli. Pick up trinkets of silver filigree, stone and wood carvings, bamboo basketry, patta paintings, brass and bell metal work, horn work, from the local markets. The tie and dye textiles are some of the choicest specialities here – so do not miss to purchase some instances of the same.

Guide Map of Calcutta

Next day you depart from Bhubaneswar for a trip to Sambalpur, 321 km from Bhubaneswar, visiting the handloom weavers’ village at Nuapatna on the way. Pay visits to some of the handloom weavers’ villages to delve deep into the textile culture on one of your ethnic textile tours. The artistic representations by the Sambalpuri tie and dye weavers will enchant you with the fascinating fabrics and exclusive motifs and patterns. After a close look at the art and culture of Sambalpur, put up at a hotel in Boudh.

Proceed to BissamCuttack, the next day visiting Phulbani and Kutia Kondh villages on your way. The next morning travel to one of the Dongeria Kondh villages and trudge down the hills along with the locals to their Wednesday weekly market at Chatikona. Jeypore is your next destination on your ethnic textile tours.

After the breakfast at Lamtaput and a subsequent visit to the Thursday weekly market at Onkadeli which is thronged by the Bondas who come down the Bonda hills to attend this market, you can visit one of the Gadaba villages to appreciate their Surcha dance. After a visit to yet another weekly market of Mathili you can move on to Malkangiri and then to Iralgundi the Koya village.

Return to Bhubaneswar after short stopovers at Rayagada and Taptapani and bring your ethnic textile tours to a refreshing finish.

Guide Map of Orissa

Other ethnic textile tours will help you explore the other textile specialties of India textile culture. Have a look at the bandhini work, zari work, mirror embroidery and block printing of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Kanchipuram silks of Tamil Nadu and phulkari of Punjab and you will be mesmerized to find the range of fabrics India has to offer.

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