Would you like to host a group of textile & technology teachers from your country on an educational trip to South India?
We invite you to become a co-host of the trip alongside the Secret Projects team and to invite 8 teachers to take part.
This trip will be an exploration of traditional dying, block printing, ethical production and women's empowerment. The aim is that teachers taking part will go back to their school communities and spread the word of incredible India, ethical production and social enterprise as a route to empowerment.
Here is how the trip could look, according to the itinerary curated by educationalist Lesley Peace for the first Educational Trip to South India, which will take place in January 2020.
Day 1 –
Arrive at lunchtime to the tech capital of India, Bengaluru and check into Hotel Serenity located just on the edge of city centre. Enjoy an afternoon of casual shopping and getting into the India vibe. A welcome briefing will take place before dinner at a local craft brewery restaurant.
Day 2 –
Take part in day 1 of a spectacular block printing workshop at the famous and world-renowned Tharangini Studios in Bengaluru. You will have the opportunity to design your own block before you travel out to India.
Day 3 –
Take part in day 2 of the block printing workshop. Celebrate your printing success with a pizza night and an Indian movie!
Day 4 -
Visit Secret Projects Production and Training Unit and meet Makers from the Bengaluru Networks. You will hear first-hand how their inclusion in Secret Projects has transformed their lives.
You will then be whisked off to the mind blowing Raja Market and given some time to explore and shop.
After a much needed lunch and rest in a South India canteen, enjoy an afternoon lecture on the different types of fabric produced across India by Guarav Shah, one of the owners of a popular fabric shop Ritis. You will have the opportunity to buy fabrics at a discounted rate, which you can then choose to have made into a Secret Pillow by one of the Secret Projects Makers.
This will be followed by dinner at a rather spectacular venue in the centre of Bengaluru.
Day 5 –
This day will start early. Everyone will pile into a Tempo Traveller (aka mini bus) and drive 3.5 hours to the state of Andhra Pradesh. You will be welcomed to a community run by Brother Thomas. There is a school, a medical dispensary and a training centre. Secret Projects have been working with this community since 2016.
After a delicious lunch, Secret Projects Maker Group ‘Nature’ will spend the afternoon with you. We welcome you to design a small, foldable, useful, purposeful and charming product made out of scrap India cotton fabric or scrap India sari. Take the time to sample the product with the Makers and talk to each other about your hopes and dreams for your life.
Stay overnight within the community and learn how to make the perfect chapati.
Day 6 –
Take a tour of the school before heading off to meet a rural community to produce silk. See first-hand the process of making a beautiful silk sari. You will hear the story of the sari and how this incredible outfit is woven in to the lives of Indian women.
You will also meet a community of women who are continuing the traditional embroidery art of mirroring.
Day 7 –
An early start will take you to the beautiful town of Mysore for a rest day where you can stop and absorb the trip and also visit the beautiful, famous flower market called Devaraja Market. Here you can buy flower oils, baskets, dyes and beauitful flowers. We will stay at the celebrated Green Hotel for a real taste of old India.
You will have the option to have henna done at a local and important charity called Odanadi Seva Trust who run a beauty parlour.
Day 8 –
Take the day to explore Mysore solo and make the day all about what you want to do.
Day 9 –
Travel back to Bengaluru ready for your flight next day or take the option of extending your stay and taking the bus from Mysore to Gokarna, a beach resort about 5 hours away.
Day 10 -
Fly back to New Zealand.
Option to travel on: There is an option to travel on after the trip. From Mysore a bus will take you to the West Coast of India where you can stay on the beaches at Gokarna. It is a popular travelers spot and perfect for a couple of days rest. A bus will take you back to Mysore and then another bus can take you onto Bengaluru, where you can fly out of the country. If you take the option to travel on, we will not be able to pay or arrange for your transfer from the end of your trip to the airport.