Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm
Phone
Add to Favourites

Chennai Quilt Festival and Indian Textile Trails

20 January 2023

16 days from £4,455pp

Join us on the fantastic tour of the Chennai Quilt Festival & Indian Textile Trail, and experience the world’s oldest and most diverse textile craft traditions. 

  • Visit India’s International Quilt Festival in Chennai
  • Discover the traditions of Indian textile crafts
  • Tour accompanied by Karin Hellaby and an Arena Travel tour manager
  • Experience numerous cultural sites on your journey

This fantastic tour begins with a visit to India's International Quilt Festival in Chennai, which highlights some of the world's oldest and most diverse textile craft traditions. The India Quilt Foundation organises the event, which showcases the work of artists from around the world as well as local designers, bringing Indian quilting to the international scene. Indian textiles are a kaleidoscope of colours, textures, motifs, materials, and mediums that vary by region. Along with quilts that reflect India's rich textile traditions and quilting styles, there will be traditional and contemporary quilts, pictorial art quilts, miniature quilts, and work by the next generation of quilters on display. The category for this year's theme quilts is 'Building Bridges,' which is open to personal interpretation. The festival promises to be a highlight of this tour, with workshops and talks by leading experts and designers, as well as stalls selling gorgeous fabrics and threads.

We also delve into the textiles of Tamil Nadu, India's southernmost state. It is a land with a rich cultural and religious heritage, and its people are known to be among the world's oldest civilisations. This Indian Textile Trail is sure to inspire, from the ornate Kanjivaram saris that were once gifted to goddesses to the textile products of Kerala renowned for their craftsmanship, design, colours, and simplicity.

I am delighted to be leading a textile tour to Southern India next January. The itinerary gives us time at a quilt show in Chennai and then travelling on to visit exciting places such as the French influenced city of Pondicherry and the sleepy backwaters of Kerala. I am looking forward to the Stitchtopia mix of culture, temples, palaces, history, landscapes, spices and of course a wide range of crafts, some of which will be hands on. I will be showing you how to make Siddi Kawandi quilts, incorporating Ikat and sari fabrics some of which can be purchased and stitched whilst we are travelling. January is a pleasant time to visit this mesmerising country, I hope you will join me for a fun, action packed and informative textile tour.

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

 

Grand Chennai by GTR Hotels

★★★★

Located at T. Nagar, which is Chennai’s focal point and one of the city’s finest addresses, the 4-star GRT Grand Hotel offers a warm welcome to both leisure and business travellers.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Three restaurants
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa, indoor pool and health club with sauna and steam room
  • Complimentary WIFI in public areas
 

Regency Kanchipuram by GRT Hotels

★★★★

Comfort meets tradition in this 4-star hotel, which is located close to both shopping centres and ancient architectural marvels dating back to the seventh century.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Dakshin restaurant serving continental and traditional dishes
  • The Cellar Bar
  • Room service available

Accord Puducherry

★★★★

A contemporary elegance complements the French spirit of the Union Territory in the Hotel Accord. Ideally located in the heart of the city, it maintains a serenity that is characteristic of Puducherry.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Season restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor pool, fitness centre, Jacuzzi & Accord Spa

GReaT Trails Riverview Thanjavur By GRT Hotels

★★★★

Ideal River View Resort enjoys a remarkable location, right on the banks of Cauvery – South India’s largest river. Surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, the hotel is a haven of relaxation, yet close to the many historical and cultural wonders of Thanjavur. 

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor pool, spa, wellness area and hot spring bath

Courtyard by Marriott Madurai

★★★★

Surrounded by celebrated attractions, the Courtyard by Marriott Madurai is a haven of luxury offering guests quality and comfort in the centre of the city. 

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Madurai Kitchen serving international cuisine
  • MLounge – deli-style restaurant
  • Balcony – The box office bar
  • Fitness centre and outdoor pool

Munnar Amber Dale

★★★★★

Amber Dale is a luxurious nature retreat set in the highlands of Munnar. The hotel’s pristine location provides a sense of tranquillity with an expanse of mountains, sweeping meadows and meandering green hills in the immediate surroundings.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Restaurant serving a selection of cuisines
  • The Ayurveda & Spa with steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi
  • Curio shop selling handicrafts, spices and indigenous goods

Trident Hotel Cochin

★★★★★

Blending 5-star facilities with classic charm with chic interiors, the Trident Hotel is one of the best hotels in the city. It is located on Willingdon Island, which is within easy distance of famed sites such as the Jewish synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, Mattancherry Palace and St. Francis Church.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Travancore restaurant
  • The Seafood Grill
  • Cochin Trader Bar
  • The Patio Dining
  • Outdoor pool, Ayurveda centre, fitness centre, and recreation room

Lakes & Lagoons Houseboat

Lakes & Lagoons have a fleet of 25 luxury houseboats. Known as Kettuvalloms (rice boats), they are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from isolated villages to the towns. Each houseboat has three crew members – a chef, driver and a cabin assistant. They cruise from Alleppey on the backwaters of Kerala, one of nature’s greatest treasures.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Outside seating area
  • Kitchen serving local specialities with traditional Kerala flavour
  • Traditional lanterns are used as lights
 
SWWTXINCQF