A first-hand experience of this rich textile legacy awaits you as you travel through dusty hamlets and obscure villages in this part of the country. Meet some fine craftsmen and connect with stories that have kept traditions that date back to the 15th century alive. Immerse yourself in the eclectic arts and culture heritage of the state, and leave with memories that will last you a lifetime.
Maheshwar: History woven in an exquisite fabric
The story of the exquisite Maheshwari textile starts somewhere in the fifth century at Maheshwar that is located in central India, and that’s where our journey begins.
Visit the looms of the Rehwa society, which aims to revive the centuries-old hand weaving tradition of Maheshwar. Spend some time at Women Weave, a trust dedicated to improving the livelihoods of rural women weavers. Try your hand on the looms as you hear from them, their story, about their journey and inspirations.
The Beauty of Bagh
A conversation with the sons of legendary craftsman Suleman Khatri on how they are keeping the tradition of Bagh printing alive.
Observe repetitive dyeing, printing, washing, block making and printing techniques before undertaking traditional printing with Yusuf and Bilal at their workshop in Bagh.
Live like royalty
Maheshwar rests on the banks of the sacred Narmada River. And nothing quite expresses nor reflects the cultural richness of this peaceful and hospitable town other than the Ahilya Fort-a 250-year-old fort, still home to Richard Holkar rests along the fringes of the sacred Narmada River offers accommodations fit for royalty. The ancient structure has beautiful facades, intricate stonework, and an incredible central courtyard.
The Magic of Mandu
Visit Mandu and the Jahaz Mahal Palace, that appears like a ship floating on water. Canals and pavilions display incredible design. The place resounds with the romance of the legendary Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati who were architects of the historical monuments of Mandu that still stand today.
A rich textile legacy awaits you
Chats and immersive interactions with local artisans nurture our understanding of the various weaving and printing techniques and historical context as it shapes India’s contemporary textile culture.
You see for yourself the love, hard work, skill and artistry that goes into the making of fabrics the world celebrates.