Leading the first Active Travel Textile Tour of Orissa

In April 2014 I lead the textile tour to Orissa in India. the state is known for its hand-woven sari in ikat and supplementary weaving. We travelled north and west in the state to see people weaving in villages and co-operatives and also visited several minority villages. Seeing people continue their traditions and maintain their craft was inspiring but at the same time raised many issues. Although the government supports the weavers, they only receive a meagre income for their work and many people are choosing to go to work in factories to earn money. Mass produced textiles compete with the hand-made products and in one village people were afraid that we had come to steal their design to have it made in a factory. There is so much scope for development of the weaving industry as the crafts people are skilled and knowledgeable. Could new designs, marketing and quality control reach new markets and bring better returns to communities?
The journey was amazing: unforgettable people and places, wonderful spicy Indian food, we learned so much and were enriched by the experience.

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