Weave Your Way Through the Textiles and Cultural Heritage of Southeast Asia!
With the Asian motif in home décor and fashion so popular now in the US, interest in the multitude of exotic textiles and furnishings available in Southeast Asia is increasing rapidly. Through the intriguing and traditional cultures of S. E. Asia you will experience the fascinating heritage of crafts, textiles and pottery making. Visit the ancient and famous pottery village in Bat Trang Vietnam to see and buy unique ceramic pieces produced for centuries and coveted worldwide. Through the experience of textile making you will learn about homegrown materials and the lifestyles that have perpetuated the intricate designs and quality made famous throughout the world. Visiting alluring textile galleries will further develop deep insight into the material culture heritage of the region. Visit local villages and experience the ancient process of indigo dyeing and hemp weaving from colorful local women sitting by their looms. Create your own indigo scarf by ancient methods. Or, if embroidery is more your interest, you can learn traditional secrets and techniques from a member of a local ethnic minority group.
Naturally, silk is intertwined all throughout Southeast Asia, and we can provide interesting opportunities to learn the intricacies of producing high quality silk—from the silkworm stage to the finished product. Examine the differences between natural and synthetic silk. Explore the many varieties of silk, including the unique Ikat method, which continues to inspire trendy Western interior and fashion designers. Perhaps you may even want to create your own silk lantern to bring home or purchase some of the astounding varieties of reasonably priced silks and finished products.
In Thailand, try the art of making batik designs, taught by women of the local Hmong tribe. This is another opportunity to discover skills that have been passed down from generation to generation and are currently still in use.
Another exciting hands-on experience will teach you natural dye preparation and complete three-color dyes. You will be assigned to a loom and weaver to develop the skill of weaving “kit” and “chok”. Then make your own scarf and forever be reminded of this most unique travel experience.
Imagination is the fabric of culture and the heritage of societies. Experience that heritage from its authentic and ancient roots through the fascinating realm of sustainable tourism.
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