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Join us as we travel high into the Indian Himalayas to learn the art of natural dyeing, spinning & weaving alongside masters who are preserving this region's vibrant traditions.
> > > Ladakh is a tiny Buddhist kingdom perched on the far western edge of the Tibetan Plateau. It remains among the most pristine and sparsely populated regions of India. Its clear, high desert landscape is dotted with the bright green fields of farming communities, and ornate monasteries and temples.
It's here that we'll be joining our hosts at Lena Ladakh—a group of truly inspiring women whose mission is to revitalize & preserve Ladakh's unique fibercraft heritage.
We'll begin in Ladakh's historical capital city of Leh where we'll get our first introduction to Ladakhi's rich artistic traditions—from woodcarving and painting to its distinct forms of traditional architecture. We'll meet with the artisans and NGO leaders that are spearheading efforts to not only preserve but revitalize Ladakh's artistic traditions.
With our friends at Lena Ladakh as our ultimate guides, the hands-on part of our adventure then begins...
> > > We'll be welcomed into a local artisan's home where we'll be introduced to the traditional Ladakhi practice of spinning with a willow spindle. Together, we'll try our hand at spinning and plying pashmina and wool. Ladakh is home to the pashmina goat and its ultra fine, highly-prized fiber. We'll be learning all about this material and exploring its role in spinning and weaving techniques. We'll also be introduced to the Ladakhi backstrap loom and the creation of such rare textiles as the Zanskari spuruk.
> > > We'll be travelling to the picturesque village of Thiksey to spend the day on a meadow among fresh dye baths. Together, we'll be mordanting pashmina and wool yarn and creating botanical pigments from such local plants as Himalayan marigold. We'll also utlize our dye baths to explore shibori and tiedye techniques. Feel free to bring apparel from home that you'd like to see in new shades of botantical color.
> > > Using our freshly-dyed yarn, we'll spend the day in a sunny poplar grove weaving tapestries. Ideal for both beginner and experienced weavers, we'll be working with our local fibers and incorporating the designs we've learned from Ladakhi artisans along the way. We'll also learn about traditional uses for woven textiles and explore efforts to preserve Ladakh's woven textile heritage through the creation of women-led artisan groups.
After 4 days of working with pashmina and sheep fibers, we'll travel further up the Plateau to the meet the pastoralist communities who raise and rely on these important animals.
This stunning region of Ladakh is part of the Changtang, a vast high altitude desert that stretches far into Tibet. The nomadic pastoralists, or Changpa, here rely on their herds of pashmina goats, sheep and yak for their livelihoods. Meeting with Changpa communities, we'll learn more about their annual rhythms of pasture rotation, textile heritage, and challenges in a community (and environment) that's undergoing rapid change.
> > > We'll be on the Changtang just in time to attend Ladakh's highest Buddhist monastic festival. This annual gathering takes place at an altitude of 15,000 ft at Korzok Monastery on the stunning shore of Lake Tsomoriri. Here we'll watch masked dance performances by Korzok's skilled monk dancers. Local communities look forward to this festival each year so we'll have down time with Changpas as they enjoy a little break from their herds.
We'll return to Leh where we'll hold a farewell celebration with our Ladakhi friends
• Early Bird: $2,450 (available until March 15)
• Full price cost after March 15: $2,650 (option to pay in two installments)
• All accommodation during our time together. Trip pricing is based on double occupancy; please inquire about the supplemental cost of a single room.
• All local transportation
• All meals and chai breaks (of which there will be many)
• All workshop supplies, entrance fees & local permits
• Pre-trip logistical support, advice & prep materials
• Airfare to India & Leh, Indian visa
> > > We'll be meeting in Leh, which can be easily reached from Delhi or Chandigarh airports (among others). Round-trip flights from the US to Delhi cost approximately $1,200 - $1,800. Round-trip flights to Leh from Delhi cost approximately $70-$200.
• Travel Insurance: We require that all participants have personal travel insurance; this will cover any potential issues such as flight cancellations or medical emergencies.
• Much of Ladakh’s beauty is in its rugged, high desert setting. Unfortunately that means this trip is not a good fit for those who experience altitude sickness or have existing health conditions. There will be a moderate degree of walking up to monasteries and temples over rough terrain which is a consideration for any mobility limitations.
Owner & Chief String Slinger, Love Fest Fibers
Britt has spent much of the past two decades living and working on the Tibetan Plateau and founded Love Fest Fibers out of her dedication to supporting the region’s communities of pastoralists and fiber craft artisans. Britt’s first trip to Ladakh was in 1999 for a year-long anthropological research grant and she’s been returning ever since. Britt has organized and led multiple experiential travel groups to the Himalayas over the years, including a 3-week trek in Ladakh. Britt received a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Pitzer College, an MA in Environment & Development from King's College London and completed Tibet University's two-year Tibetan Language Program in Lhasa.
Co-Founders, Lena Ladakh Pashmina
After completing masters degrees from Delhi and Pune University, Sonam and Stanzin made the decision to return to their community in Ladakh with the aim of revitalizing and preserving Ladakh’s textile heritage. The duo set their focus on pashmina, a local resource of which the profits rarely stay local. Together they founded Lena Ladakh in 2016 with a commitment to the creation of hand-spun, hand-woven and botanically-dyed pashmina that creates sustainable and dignified livelihoods for the women who, for generations, have quietly kept these local traditions alive. Sonam and Stanzin will be opening the world of Ladakh's textile heritage to us throughout our trip.
Owner, Yama Treks
Namgial is the owner of Yama Treks and has been leading groups since 1990. His expertise is in Ladakhi culture and Buddhism with extensive knowledge of Ladakh’s many regions. He has also led treks in Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet, and has traveled extensively in other parts of India as well as Nepal and Bhutan. Namgial graduated from Jammu University and is comfortable conversing in many languages including English, German, Tibetan, Hindi, Nepali, and his own native Ladakhi. Namgial is also a local entrepreneur with not only his own trekking agency, but a cafe, restaurant and guest house in Leh. He will be the master of all things travel, logistics and local knowledge-related during our trip.
During our immersive 7-days together, we'll…
• Learn to spin, dye & weave locally-sourced pashmina and wool fibers
• Meet with local artisans, NGO and social enterprise leaders who are working to preserve Ladakhi culture
• Explore local Buddhist temples, monasteries and palaces, and attend prayer ceremonies
• Travel up to the Changtang, a remote nomadic pastoralist area where we will learn firsthand about nomad life, culture & textile traditions from pastoralist communities
• Attend the annual masked dance Buddhist festival at Korzok Monastery on the shore of Lake Tsomoriri
• Just slow down & enjoy long chai breaks in artisan studios and flower-filled meadows
Deposit: $500 of your payment is marked as your deposit. Whether paying in full or paying in two installments, $500 is placed as this deposit. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable at any point after receipt.
Payment: We offer the option to pay in full at the time of booking or in two installments after the early bird pricing period has passed. If paying in installments, the second installment is due May 15, 2023.
The following conditions apply to refunds for cancellations:
• If the trip participant cancels before May 15, the $500 non-refundable deposit will be retained but any other payments already made will be refunded in full
• If the trip participant cancels after May 15, all payments made by the trip participant will not be eligible for refund
Love Fest Fibers requires that all guests and guides test negative for covid the day before the trip starts. Cancellation on behalf of the guest, due to covid or for any other reason, will follow our cancellation policy and timeline detailed below in Booking Terms & Conditions. Covid testing, quarantine, and any other possible covid-related expenses are to be paid by the guest.
Travelers must agree to Love Fest Fibers’ Booking Terms and Conditions in order to join this experience. Here’s all the necessary legal stuff…
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LFFrequires comprehensive travel insurance (see form at bottom of page) for all Trip Participants. It is solely the responsibility of the Trip Participant to secure such coverage, if he/she chooses to do so. If the Trip Participant chooses to obtain travel insurance, Love Fest Fibers recommends that it cover trip cancellations, trip interruptions, medical emergencies abroad, emergency evacuation, loss of baggage or personal items and flight delays.
Each Trip Participant is required to carry a valid passport and obtain all required visas and/or permits for countries visited. All passportsmust be valid for6 months beyond the duration of your trip. For example, if the Trip Participant (departs/returns) on January 1, his/her passport must be valid until at least June 2. Love Fest Fibers is not responsible for travel interruptions or cancellations due to the Trip Participant’s failure to obtain or secure proper travel documentation prior to departure.
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Whether paying in full or paying in two installments, $500 of your payment is marked as your deposit. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Love Fest Fibers offers the option to pay in full at the time of booking or in two installments after the early bird pricing period has passed. If paying in installments, the second installment is due May 15, 2023.
In the event that a Trip Participant wishes to cancel his/her Love Fest Fibers Booking the following terms and conditions shall apply:
The Trip Participant must notify Love Fest Fibers, in writing, of his/her desire to cancel. The following conditions shall apply with respect to refunds for cancellations:
Once the deposit is collected, all additional payments are dueMay 15, 2023.Love Fest Fibers reserves the right to cancel participation resulting in the loss of all money collected if any outstanding payment is not received by May 15, 2023.
If, for any reason, the Trip Participant leaves a trip once it has commenced, Love Fest Fibers is not obliged to issue any refund, credit, or compensation.
If Love Fest Fibers is forced to cancel or significantly alter your trip, we will notify the Trip Participant in writing as soon as possible. When a tour is canceled for foreseeable reasons, Love Fest Fibers will provide the Trip Participant the option for a full refund or full credit of trip payments made. This refund or credit will constitute full settlement of any claims the Trip Participant may have against Love Fest Fibers or our suppliers.
In the rare event that Love Fest Fibers is forced to cancel a trip for any unforeseen circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Love Fest Fibers, such as, but not limited to, acts of nature, war, labor strikes, pandemics, earthquake, flooding, etc., Love Fest Fibers will give the Trip Participant options for a full credit of payments made, or a refund of recoverable costs by the Love Fest Fibers. Refunds will not include any unrecoverable costs, such as non-refundable deposits, in the unlikely event any occur.
Love Fest Fibers is not responsible for any loss incurred on account of non-refundable or non-transferable air OR travel tickets.
Due to the foregoing cancellation and refund policy, Love Fest Fibers requires that each Trip Participant purchase travel insurance.In the event that the Participant cancels their booking, Love Fest Fibers is not liable for any incidental costs, refunds or damages incurred by the Participant, such as but not limited to, airfare, passport and visa fees, vaccinations, hotel stays, etc.
Throughout the course of each trip there will be opportunities to participate in additional and optional activities. The dangers associated with these activities as well those generally inherent to the trip location are accepted by the Trip Participant at his/her own risk. Any assistance given by group leader or local representative in organizing these activities shall not result in any liability of Love Fest Fibers for any bodily injury, illness, or death arising out of, resulting from, related to, and/or caused in whole or in part, by the Trip Participant’s involvement in these optional activities.
Trip Participant’s must have reached the age of 12 at the time of departure. Any Trip Participant under the age of 18 (at the time of departure) must be accompanied by an adult.
Love Fest Fibers’s trips are adventurous and can be physically demanding. It is the sole responsibility of the Trip Participant to choose a trip that fits his/her personal level of physical fitness, which requires awareness of any personal physical and mental limitations. Love Fest Fibers strongly suggests that Trip Participants research or look into any and all pertinent information with respect to the latest health requirements and recommendations for the destination. This includes obtaining all necessary vaccinations, inoculations and prescription medications as directed by a local doctor or clinic.
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Each of the Love Fest Fibers destinations have cultural customs unique to each region including attire, food, drink and other social aspects. Though Love Fest Fibers will provide cultural information on each location but it is recommended that Trip Participants research on his/her own as well to ensure all Trip Participants are prepared. Love Fest Fibers does not tolerate illegal drug use and respectfully asks that each Trip Participant of age to do so, consumes alcohol responsibly. Love Fest Fibers reserves the right to remove a Trip Participant from a trip is he/she is found to be engaging in and/or using any illegal activity or drug and/or hazardous behavior. Such removal shall be at the Trip Participant’s own financial expense.
Love Fest Fibers wants each traveler to experience an unforgettable adventure of discovery, both personal and cultural. Therefore, Love Fest Fibers’ trips involve an inherent degree of personal risk based on cultural, political, and geographical attributes relevant to our destinations. Love Fest Fibers gathers information from foreign departments and our own local contacts to make itinerary decisions; however,it is ultimately the Trip Participant’s responsibility to familiarize himself/herself with relevant travel advisories and information. Visit the U.S. State Department at www.travel.state.gov for updated travel warnings and advisories prior to departure.
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