the fabric of life
Weaving & Textiles TOUR
For Collectors & Connoisseurs

Join Ian OSullivan as he returns
to unexplored Eastern Bhutan in search of  fine textiles & rare, hand-made fabrics.

Source Raw Silk, Baby Yak Fur &
Natural Himalayan Dyes From The
Village Weavers Who Make Them.

October 16-27, 2018
12-Day All-Inclusive:  $4,988

Explore with Ian the unvisited villages of Eastern Bhutan and their weaving traditions.

Join the team scouting and cataloguing Himalayan silk antiques. 

Source natural Himalayan dyes and pigments.

Collect rare hand-loomed textiles and weaving equipment.

Participants are encouraged to record or photojournal their discoveries for Bhutanese cultural heritage programs. 

For Groups & Independent Travelers.  

 

 

ITINERARY

Oct. 16   Land in Paro > Drive to Thimphu
                 Welcome Lunch & Blessing                 
                 Crafts Market & Buddha

Oct. 17  Explore Thimphu
                 Royal Textile Museum
                 School of Traditional Arts (Zorig

Oct. 18  Explore Punakha
                 Punakha Dzong
                 Talo Monastery

Oct. 19    Fly > Paro to Bumthang Valley
                  Yathra Weaving Cooperative       
                  On-site Picnic & Private tour
                  Meet Dye Makers & Weavers
                  Jakar Tshechu - Annual Sacred Festival

Oct. 20   Bumthang: Rural Weaving Expedition 
                  Traditional buckwheat cooking
                  Weaving family homestay immersion 

Oct. 21   Scenic Drive > Mongar
                 Ura Valley Medicinal Teas & Green Market
                 Waterfalls & Greater Himalaya View Points

Oct. 22  Explore Mongar
                 Family weaving collective particpation
                 Visit Dzong & Youth Reading Center             

Oct. 23   Scenic Drive > Trashigang
                  Monks & Monasteries Picnic  
                  The Music of Archery 

Oct. 24  Explore Trashigang
                 Radhi Village - Raw Silk Collecting
                 Home Weaving Visits:  Looming & Dyes
                 Antiquities Cataloguing 

Oct. 25   Fly > Paro
                  Bhutan Rural Folk Music & Cuisine
                  Dzong Fortress & National Museum
                  Menchu Hot Stone Bath 

Oct. 26   Paro - Tiger's Nest Hike
                  Sounds of Silence Prayer Wheel & Flags
                  Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery

Oct. 27   Paro - Departure & Goodbye Ceremony

PRIVATE EXPEDITION - LIMITED SEATING

JOIN OUR SEARCH FOR THE
FINEST BHUTANESE TEXTILES
Raw Silk
Baby Yak Fur
Natural Dye Making
Antique Looms & Spindles

Bhutan is home to a world-class weaving culture that continues to create natural textiles completely by hand, without use of electric machinery or synthetic dyes. 

This private expedition will explore Bhutan’s weaving traditions and the opportunities for growth in Bhutan’s industry of hand-made textiles. 
 
Our journey will be to search for rare fabrics made from Raw Silk, Baby Yak Fur, and Himalayan Wool.  
 
We will also visits the Yathra weaving co-operative in Chumme Valley to see their all-natural dye making and hand-looming process.
 
Onsite picnic lunch with weavers and home immersion with local weaving family are authentic highlights of the experience. 

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The Unexplored East: Radi

Seek the source of Bhutan's finest
raw silk textiles 
& naturally dyed threads.  

ENJOY THE JOURNEY
Scenic Route & Picnic Drive

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
From Radhi, Bhutan

"My father and I were pleasantly surprised to discover no other tourists and sunny 70 degree weather during our textile scouting adventure into Radi Village on December 25, 2014.  Feeling tropical winter weather in this Himalayan kingdom  is something I never imagined."

Join me as I return to the unvisited reaches of Eastern Bhutan in search of what I discovered in 2014: An untouched paradise with semi-tropical charm, with pristine monasteries, unspoiled natural beauty and the innocence of remote villagers who still want to host their first foreign guests.  

When I visited Eastern Bhutan in 2014 is when I learned to love and appreciate textiles and Bhutans unique culture of weaving and fabric making. 

During a 30-day scouting trip into the furthest reaches of Trashigang, I was introduced to a new world of weaving, looming, and garmet-making that I never imagined possible.  

I saw first hand how a villagers forage for plants and Himalayas minerals to create the natural pigment dies used in their fabrics.

I watched mother's teaching their daughters how to memorize intricate patters on the hand-looms in their living rooms.

We knocked on the doors of strangers in remote villages - only to be graciously and eagerly welcomed into their homes a - served hot buttered tea and cookies, and then given a glimpse of their behind-the-scenes life.

Thrilled to be visited by foreigners for the first time, these Bhutanese weavers welcomed us into their world - and through our translators they shared with us stories of their lives, their traditions, and the history of their village.

Before leaving, they shared with us a glimpse of their private collection of antique silk garments inherited from families generations.  Many of the pieces they estimated to be 200-300+ years old - and they shared with us the folkloric stories of former nobles and lords where the garments supposedly came from.

Bumthang, also known as Jakar, is a valley in central Bhutan that represents  the gateway between Eastern and Western Bhutan.

Few visitors have ever ventured past Bumthang into the Eastern reaches of the Kingdom, but those who have can attest that is represents the most untouched and authentic dimension of the country.

Bumthang is also the center for Bhutan's wool weaving communities, and our trip will include immersions into homes of weavers in different villages across Bhutan.

The nearby Chuume Valley is home to the Yathra Weaving Cooperative where you can find the best prices on hand-made collectibles. 

We will have a chance to picnic with local weavers, tour the facilities and dying process, and visit the heritage home of a local family with teenagers just learning to weave. 

I was served fresh-pressed buckwheat noodles and given a private glimpse into a weaving family's home life - where they graciously showed me their process for harvesting wool from their sheep, spinning thread, dying, and looming - all at their beautifully renovated heritage home. 

Upon my departure they asked me kindly to someday return - and to bring more friends and guests who would enjoy seeing their way of life.  

 

WELCOME HOME
To Authentic East Bhutan

MONASTERY VISIT
& Private Picnic

YOUR NEW VIEW
Royal Suites, Trashigang

Welcome To Paro

TIGER'S NEST
Prayer Wheels & Flags

THE JOURNEY IN BETWEEN

EXLORE THE FRONTIER
Radhi Village

Private Access
Immersive Homestays

This Fall I plan to return to the weaving village of Radhi, located in one of the farthest and least visited regions of Bhutan.  During this journey we will see out new weavers in their homes to witness first-hand their craft making in action. 

We will also return to special locations I have scouted, where Bhutanese weavers will share with us their private collection of raw silk antiquities - along with the family stories of the origins of their inherited garments. 

Live demonstrations of their looming techniques, and hands-on practice for any guests interested in learning will be part of our hosted home-immersion, with a home-cooked meal and tea shared over a relaxed afternoon.

Upon my departure, my father and I and both of our guides were gifted a scarf of our choice. 

I selected a saffron-colored raw silk wrap that still remains one of my most prized possessions. 

The feeling of being wrapped in hand-loomed raw silk is indescribable - it provides a cocoon-like calming comfort and breathable warmth unlike any fabric I have encountered. 

Although I may not be an expert in weaving or textiles, I do know how to appreciate beautifully made crafts and artisanal works when I see them. 

Ever since it has been my desire to bring back a group of friends and guests to experience the magic of Bhutan's weaving communities that live in an isolated Himalayan wonderland of nature, sacred beauty, and color. 

WELCOME HOME
To Authentic East Bhutan

WELCOME HOME
To Authentic East Bhutan

A KINGDOM
AWAITS YOUR DISCOVERY

A WORLD
AWAITS YOUR DISCOVERY
Immersive Homestays

FIND THE SOURCE
Natural Pigment
Dye Making

MEET THE LOCALS
Weaving Family
Hosted Visit

AT YOUR SERVICE
Ian OSullivan
Private Guide

SUPPORT THE LOCALS
Meet Bhutan's Co-Operative
Weaving Communities

LEARN THE ART
Immersive Classes
From The Locals

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SHOP

Authentic Bhutanese Cuisine

DINE

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What's Included

Visas, Meals, Accommodations, Sightseeing Activities, Museum & Shrine Entrances,
Expert Guide, & Private Chauffeured Vehicle.

Meals + Accommodations

3-star or superior hotels 
Three Meals Daily
Free Bottled Water & Tea
​Private Dining Experiences

Transportation + Guides

Private Guide, Vehicle & Driver
Local Concierge Service

Passes + Permits

Visas & Travel Approvals
Government Tariffs & Taxes
All Event Tickets & Entrances
All Sightseeing Activities

 WHAT'S INCLUDED:

 

Privately hosted exprience with Aaron Carpene & Team

All 3+ plus Accommodations & Meals

All government visas

All guides, vehicles & drivers

Standard non-alcoholic beverages

All in-country transportation

All cultural activities & entrances

All private access music activities

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

 

Airfare from your hometown to the arrival city of Paro, Bhutan 

Passport fees and visa photos as required

Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.

Any overnight stays or costs in Bangkok, Thailand prior to or after the package trip to Bhutan.

UNLIKE ANY ADVENTURE BEFORE... OR AFTER

Experience the mystical Kingdom of Bhutan as never before: where nature and cultural are center-stage and we are small, awed spectators, moved by wonder.Amidst the wonders of high mountains and deep valleys where compassion and wisdom are the benchmarks against which all things are measured, you will experience the ancient and harmonious Buddhist traditions resonating in all living things, where the King rules by “Gross National Happiness."

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