The most exciting textile tour you are ever likely to find – the trip of a lifetime!

The remote islands of eastern Indonesia have one of the most diverse textile cultures on the planet. Join British textile experts David and Sue Richardson for a fantastic, adventurous voyage and discover more about these textiles, the techniques used to make them and the role that cloth plays within the local community. As some islanders emphasize: ‘without cloth we cannot marry’.

Learn how a warp becomes a weft in the same textile, how mud is used in dyeing, how two different dyes are obtained from the sea hare, and much, much more. In village after village we will see every aspect of textile production and natural dyeing and enjoy the opportunity to purchase fabulous textiles directly from the women who made them.


Our mission is to provide the best experience possible for our guests given the current conditions and when unexpected opportunities for adventure may present themselves along our cruise routes. Sometimes weather conditions, tides or other local factors dictate that we need to vary from the published route, and at times there are special opportunities to explore and discover new locations, events and activities. These explorations will always be a definite enhancement to the published itinerary and will be undertaken after discussion and agreement among guests. Ultimately, the boat captains and your tour leader will make decisions to maximize trip safety and your overall enjoyment, so please come prepared to be flexible!


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