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The Indonesian archipelago was once the crossroads of the world. For over 3500 years, people have come here seeking fragrant spices, and textiles were the central barter objects in this story of trade, conquest and ancient tradition. An exploration of Bali’s textile art traditions grants us access to this story. Spice trade influences juxtapose with indigenous motifs throughout the archipelago: echoes of Indian trade cloths abound; imagery relates to defining aspects of the local environment; history and genealogy entwine. Uses range from traditional dress, to offerings, to the paraphernalia of marriages and funerals.

Our gateway to this world is through the island of Bali, where we steep ourselves in the island’s rich traditions while based at the Umajati Retreat near Ubud. Here we will receive insightful introductions to the local culture, and visit several weavers with which Threads of Life is working to help women create high-quality textiles that balance their desires for sustainable incomes and cultural integrity.

Threads of Life’s relationships with weavers over more than a decade gives this tour access to aspects of the weaving arts few have the opportunity to see. We will meet weavers in their homes amongst the lush rice fields of Sidemen, and in the ancient and storied community of Tenganan Pegeringsingan. Experiencing the weavers’ lives through these visits, and seeing their textiles, will be the highlights of a tour that offers unique insights into the forces at play in Bali’s contemporary culture.
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Day 1 : PM: Check in, Lecture on Textiles and Indonesian Culture, rice field walk to local heronry

Day 2: AM: Visit Tenganan and see double-ikat weaving; PM: Visit Sidemen and meet songket makers

Day 3: AM: Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets; PM: Visit Threads of Life conservation room

Day 4: AM: Threads of Life gallery floor talk; PM: Check out

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Day 1 : PM: Check in, Lecture on Textiles and Indonesian Culture, rice field walk to local heronry

Day 2: AM: Visit Tenganan and see double-ikat weaving; PM: Visit Sidemen and meet songket makers

Day 3: AM: Threads of Life gallery floor talk; PM: Check out

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