Tour details

Only 10 guests per tour – 2 experienced tour guides

facebookIcon2Experience the fascinating centuries-old textile techniques that have made this Indonesian island famous. Tjap and tjanting batik, ikat weaving, indigo dyeing and other natural dyes… You’ll meet the artisans and get right in on the design process with hands-on workshops. Imagine 14 days in a textile and tropical paradise! You’re going to love it!

Please note:  These are “women only” tours. The tour involves some walking. Guests must be able to walk unassisted, have the stamina to walk two or three blocks at a time and climb a small flight of stairs if needed.

2017 Tour dates

Tour #1  is now full

There is room for 1 guest in Tour #2  Saturday, May 13 - Saturday, May 27, 2017

2018 Tour Dates

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Tentative dates are:  Tour #1   Late April to Early May    Tour #2  Mid to Late May

Exact dates will be posed in June of 2017 and if you’re on our contact list you’ll be notified.

 

The price for this tour is $4200 US (land only) per person based on shared accommodation. Single supplements (non-shared rooms) are an additional $1200 US per person. A deposit of $1500 US is required to secure a place on the tour.  The balance is required 60 days before departure.

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As a guest on this tour…

Visit a batik factory

You’ll spend a day in the batik factory Barb worked with for 12 years (home of “The Batik Butik” fabrics). You’ll learn how batik fabric is designed (intriguing!) and enjoy a visit from an artisan who will make a metal tjap (stamp) from an artist’s sketch.

Vicky explains how to design for batik

Vicky explains how to design for batik.

This young tjap maker learned the craft from his father.

This young tjap maker learned the craft from his father.

batik tjap

You’ll see the batik, hand-dye and screening processes followed by a hands-on lesson in tjapping (stamping) your own length of highest quality batik fabric. You’re the designer – you choose your colorway and tjap design!

Silk batik painting

Two talented artists demonstrate their special silk painting techniques – even a complete novice will produce a beautiful silk panel that can be framed or used in a garment or quilt.

painting on silk

Visit a traditional weaving village

The knowledgeable staff of Threads of Life will deliver a fascinating lecture on the history of Indonesian textiles and show us many samples of traditional weavings

A fascinating presentation on the history of Indonesian textiles given by an authority on the subject.

A fascinating presentation on the history of Indonesian textiles given by an authority on the subject.

Men arrange and dye threads for ikat weavers.

Men arrange and dye threads for ikat weavers.

You’ll travel with guides from Threads of Life to a traditional weaving village in East Bali. You’ll see the amazing process of ikat weaving from start to finish.  Watch as the men separate threads into hanks and dye them using plastic raffia as a dye resist.  The women weave these threads into beautiful traditional fabrics that are used in all aspects of Indonesian life. We visit a weaving cooperative where women can drop in and work on their length of ikat whenever they are able – they are paid by the piece and it supplements the family income. We will be able to buy these cotton ikats from Bali’s oldest traditional market.  Spices will be for sale there too!

Ikat weaving

shopping for ikats

You’ll have the rare opportunity to spend time with a master dyer/weaver who is instrumental in teaching age-old weaving and natural dyeing techniques to local women and teens. She will show a variety of woven cloths (mainly silks) and explain their use during Balinese Hindu ceremonies. (Many of these articles will be for sale.)

Weti and Ida Ayu explain ceremonial weaving.

Ida Ayu and Weti tell the story behind this silk ceremonial weaving.

Indigo workshop

During this hands-on indigo workshop you’ll manipulate a length of cotton voile and dye it using an indigo vat from the plant source – a technique that has been used traditionally for centuries.

Indigo vat 2013

Plunging fabric into an indigo vat.

Shopping… and food!

Shopping for cotton and rayon batik at Barb's favorite shops in Bali.

Shopping for cotton and rayon batik at Barb’s favorite shops in Bali.

A highlight will be our visit to four fabric shops selling cotton and rayon batiks and hand-dyes at $2.50 US per meter! Some silks can also be found.

You’ll have another chance to shop for top-quality cotton ikat weaving in a showroom featuring contemporary and traditional fabrics sold by the meter. Have their talented tailors custom fit a garment from the fabrics you choose (with discounts for our group).

Shopping for high-quality ikat cottons and having garments custom-made.

Two huge stores – one for sewing notions and one for craft supplies!

Two huge stores – one for sewing notions and one for craft supplies!

More shopping at a huge bead, craft supply and sewing notions store with bargains galore. We’ll also visit a large button store featuring horn, wood and shell buttons.

Buttons, Buttons, BUTTONS!! Local-made bone, horn, wood and shell.

Buttons, Buttons, BUTTONS!

Enjoy shopping for high quality Balinese silver jewelry at two showrooms (with deep discounts for our group). Barb will also share some of her favorite shops with you including: hand-painted bed sheets & tablecloths, wholesale sarong markets, and more.

Bali is famous for silver jewelry. We visit two showrooms.

Bali is famous for silver jewelry. We visit two showrooms.

If you enjoy delicious food you’ll have fun preparing it the Balinese way. We begin with a guided tour of a traditional food market followed by a fascinating hands-on cooking class in a Balinese family compound setting.

Buying spices at the local market – like vanilla beans!!

Buying spices at the local market – like vanilla beans!!

Indonesian food is delicious…after all Indonesia was known as “the spice islands.”

Indonesian food is delicious…after all Indonesia was known as “the spice islands.”

Balinese culture

You’ll enjoy some Balinese culture at a dance and music performance in the Ubud Palace. A highlight of the tour will be the guided morning walk through functioning rice paddies. Guided rice paddy walk.

dancer

Optional activities

  • Explore the history of batik in a popular textile museum.
  • Enjoy a demo by world-reknowned artist/sculptor Jon Stuart Anderson, an American living in Bali.  His “spirit animals” can be found in galleries and art shops around the world.  His art medium is polymer clay (Fimo).  Jon kindly provides a demo of his process and offers his artword for sale.  This video shows Jon at work:  http://jonstuartanderson.com/process.
  • Design your own leather bag, wallet or belt. A talented leather tailor will visit our hotel to take orders (participation is optional). Barb and Ajick have been friends for 17 years.

Jon Stuart Anderson demonstrates polymer clay art.

Leather tailor Ajick.

Leather tailor Ajick.

Included in the tour price:

  • 14 nights’ accommodation in beautiful resorts in Ubud (the art center of Bali - inland) and Sanur (Bali’s best-kept secret - on the Indian Ocean).
  • All tour activities both scheduled and optional.
  • All tour-related transportation in air-conditioned buses or vans with charming, helpful, English-speaking drivers who love to share their homeland with others.
  • 25 meals including 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 3 dinners (not all meals are included so we can each do our own thing when tour activities end).
  • All tour-related gratuities.

Free time has been built into this tour so it is possible to experience other areas of this wonderful island or enjoy Bali’s world-famous spa treatments, relax by the pool or beach, or go shopping. This is a very full and informative tour. A maximum of 10 tour guests and 2 guides provide a personal “once-in-a-lifetime” experience.

Cost

This land-only tour is offered for $4200 US per person based on shared accommodation. A single supplement is available for an additional $1200 US per person.  A deposit of $1500 US is required to secure a place on the tour.  The balance owing is required 60 days before the tour begins.

Booking

These tours will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate your sincere interest by contacting us. Barb and her co-leader, Cheryl, look forward to showing you a unique side to Bali custom-designed for all fiber lovers. If you have any questions about the tour itself, please contact Barb at barb.alexander@merit.ca or phone 250-658-2612 (Pacific time zone).