Testimonials – old

What our tour guests had to say about their tour experience…

Anyone interested in weaving, batik or fabric painting would be wise to go to Bali with Barb who has spent 12 years doing business and learning the culture of this remarkable place. Your appreciation of fiber art will increase a thousand-fold. The trip was fantastic from beginning to end!

– Sandra Betzina, San Francisco, CA. Author, sewing instructor, Web-TV host and owner of Power Sewing

Are you a quilter or a garment sewer?  You should seriously consider joining Bali Fiber Tours.  I loved our visit to the weavers’ market where we were overwhelmed by the abundance of beautiful woven ikat fabrics.  We also visited the Denpasar wholesale fabric district; we could have spent days poking into shops – each with slightly different selections – all interesting.  Bali Fiber Tours is about more than Balinese fabrics – you get to experience the two sides of Bali: the arts and crafts of a traditional culture busy making the transition to a 21st century world. Make sure you experience a traditional Balinese massage; they are quite wonderful – a must for anyone visiting Bali.

– Judith N., Halifax, NS Canada


This was a fabulous, eye-popping, well-organized tour of the best that Bali has to offer.  Textiles, silver, food and shopping.  I’d do it again in a minute.  

– Ellen K., Coquitlam, BC Canada

Fabric, food, friends & fun – go to Bali with Barb.  Barb has vast and personal knowledge of the wonders of Bali and is a delightful and engaging tour guide.  Her unique inside connections make this a trip of a lifetime.  Barb is more than a tour guide – she is a personal friend to the Balinese.  Her love for the people and appreciation of their skills and living conditions gives you a complete view of Bali. I LOVED this trip!

–  Melinda S., Laguna Hills, CA

A  well-designed and passionately led tour of beautiful Bali and its rich culture and arts.  Barb and her wonderful local partners really created an inspiring experience.  

– Joanne B., Guelph, ON Canada

This was the first organized tour I have been on in a long time and it was great not to have to plan each day and decide how to get around.  Bali is a fabric lover’s paradise!!  I loved seeing how the fabric was created – I am awestruck by the time involved and the commitment of the Balinese.

–  Linda S-K, Saskatoon, SK Canada

I would recommend this tour.  Barb is amazing and with her assistant, Cheryl, was full of great information re the culture and customs of the Balinese people.  My experience was wonderful and enlightening.

– Judy K., Laguna Hills, CA

I would highly recommend this tour to any/all fiber enthusiasts.  Great trip – you’ll love it.  Bali is a beautiful country with wonderful people.

– Clairee M., Sequim, WA


This was the trip of a lifetime.  A real glimpse into the culture and customs of a very special part of the world.

– Jeannine K., Victoria, BC Canada

Learning about the culture and meeting Balinese people was most enjoyable.  The food was FANTASTIC!  This could be billed as a “Fiber Arts Eating Tour”…  Barb and Cheryl were very gracious and went out of their way to answer questions and accommodate our needs. 

– Patty J., Duncan, BC Canada

My sister gave me this tour for my 60th birthday – what a wonderful way to slide into a new decade.  For anyone who appreciates fabric this tour provides an eye-popping introduction into how batiks and ikat are produced.  The Balinese people are lovely and the culture is fascinating.  Easy to immerse yourself for a brief time into another world.

– Jan M., San Diego, CA


Thank you Barb (and Cheryl) for sharing “your Bali” with us.  I feel like you fast-tracked us to places it would have taken us several trips to find….if ever!  I really appreciate all the care you put into the tour.  I love your sense of humor, Barb, your graciousness, kindness and transparency.

– Angie P., Fort St. John, BC


What an opportunity! Barb and her friends in Bali will provide you with experiences and memories you’ll cherish forever!

– Diane H., Portland, OR

This textile tour was well planned and very interesting for textile lovers. The shopping is wonderful and fun.

– Janice L., Dexter, MI

Fantastic tour for both the textiles and the culture of Bali. The shopping was great! It opened my eyes about the processes involved in making batik and ikat.

– Yvette S., Calgary, AB

I felt as though I saw the ‘real Bali’ thanks to Barb’s close relationships there.

– Mary H., San Francisco, CA

This tour is an absolute must for the textile enthusiast. A wonderful country with a rich heritage.

– Elenor C., Plattsburg, MO

I highly recommend Barb’s tour to women with an interest in textiles, fabri-holics and those who want an introduction into Bali and her people.

– Carolyn M., Westport, NY


Barb and Cheryl know the best people for providing an unforgettable Bali experience (cooking class, ikat weavers, batik makers, dinner on the beach…)  They have been generous to their Balinese extended family and we were treated as honored guests wherever we went.

– Marcia M., Mercer Island, WA


Barb has done an excellent job in providing a glimpse into the Balinese culture and life. We learned much about ikats and batik and especially enjoyed the visits to the factories.

– Susanne J., Fairfax, CA

Great mix of culture, shopping, history and textiles.  Very interesting.

– Corinne B., Prince Albert, SK Canada


Barb and Cheryl are great hosts!

– Jackie L., Overland Park, KS
I would absolutely recommend this tour.  I enjoyed all the activities: swimming in the ocean, supportive women with fiber interests as well as the cultural activities – enjoyed meeting the local people.
– Rita F., Gold River, BC Canada
Traveling through Bali with Barb and Cheryl was a trip of a lifetime!  They took us to places we could only read and dream about – if we could even find out they exist!  Their love and compassion for the Balinese people and their culture made the trip so very personal and special.  If you know someone who loves textiles – let them know about Bali Fiber Tours!
– Roxanne C., Olympia, WA
This could be considered one of those trips of a lifetime – a new group of friends who all “speak fabric” and sewing (and even weaving).  This was a nice overview of Bali and it’s culture, great views, interesting conversations – all in all a fun time.  Plus I had a fabulous roommate…
– Pat K., Sterling, MA