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January 08th, 2016 to September 14th, 2015

The Thai Textile Society Study Trip 2016 Mumbai Textile Symposium and Textile Study Visit

The Thai Textile Society Study Trip 2016 Mumbai Textile Symposium and Textile Study Visit0

 "Booking Date Extension to  30 September 2015"

Mumbai Textile Symposium and Textile Study Visit

Mumbai India, 8 -14 January 2016

Leader – Jenny Spancake

This Study trip will begin with a scheduled tour of Mumbai, then attend a two day Textile Symposium held at the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute entitled “Textiles, Collections, Communities, Culture And Trade”, 9-10 January 2016.  As Mumbai is the home of a number of designers who are using traditional Indian textiles for modern fashion we will visit designers, galleries, museums, historical sites and shopping areas from 11-13 January flying back to Bangkok on 14 January.  Mumbai’s famous malls, Fab India, Anokhi, Ritu Kumar, and others, plus some of the Leader’s favorite Indian restaurants are on the program. For historical viewing we will visit the World Heritage Elephanta site and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum).

More Information About the Syposium and Following TTS Textile Study Tour is Below:
On9-10 January 2016 the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute in Mumbai will hold a conference on textiles with scholars from around the world presenting papers on a wide variety of textile related topics
“Textiles, Collections, Communities, Culture And Trade
Theme Paper
The word textile has been defined as relating to any filament, fibre, or yarn that can be made into fabric or cloth, and the resulting material itself. For the present purpose the emphasis has been placed on fibre and yarn. The terminal point of this seminar is approximately the mid-twentieth century. The theme is specifically that of Indian textiles and the geographical reach is intended to extend to scholars working on the subjects outlined under details of working sessions below.  Rare commodities commissioned by the elite for bestowing of gifts whereby the status of the donor was enhanced such as the Colchas commissioned by the Portuguese went side by side with trade. The field is thus vast but it stands circumscribed by the words ‘Collections’ and ‘Communities’. ‘Collections’ can exist both in the public as well as the private domain. Public is taken here in the sense of state and central museum collections while ‘private’ refers to non-governmental holdings of textiles. The term ‘Community’ has been labelled as pertaining to a social group whose members reside in a specific locality, share the same administrative structure and have a common cultural and historical heritage. The stress here will be laid on ‘common cultural and historical heritage’. India developed remarkable expertise in the handling of cotton, a cellulose fibre. The range of colours was vibrant and inevitably this led to trade in cotton textiles initially with mainland and island Southeast and East Asia as well as Africa.  Later after the discovery of the Cape Route the European East India trading companies also flocked in. This heralded a new era merging with the Industrial Revolution which changed the world. Beneath these historical events lay a structure which continued with changes being absorbed until a point was reached which demanded fundamental change and new structures. The latter field is not included in this seminar.  
Information of the organizers of the symposium, the speakers and events can be found on this website link.
The post TTS Textile Study Visit Tour of Mumbai
Indian fashion has always been and continues to be a fascinating blend of the traditional and the modern which are well illustrated in the work of modern designers. The following days 11-14 January 2016 will be organized with visits to designers who incorporate this fascinating blend of design in their work, plus we will also visit a number of outlets that retail a wide variety of designers' creations.  Also scheduled is a city tour for an overview of Mumbai, historical sites, and museums.  We will only be limited by our stamina, traffic, and amount of time spent at each venue.
Historically, we plan a half-day trip to Elephanta, a seventh century temple to Shiva, to see the roots of Indian culture in this modern city and a visit to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum) where a  new textile gallery has recently opened. We will have a special guided curatorial tour.
We will stay at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, as it is within walking distance of the conference venue and in the heart of a vibrant neighborhood that we can explore. Mumbai is a city to experience with all of its variety

Friday, 8 January
Depart Bangkok on Jet Airways 9W 61 at 0855 and arrive Mumbai at 1155; Lunch at J. W. Marriott near airport; sightseeing tour of Mumbai; check in at hotel; visit Artisans shop and designer Sabyasashi boutique;  Dinner at Trishna; and overnight at hotel
Saturday, 9 January
Breakfast at hotel; attend conference at K.R. Cama Oriental Institute; lunch and dinner as arranged by the conference; overnight at hotel
Sunday, 10 January
Breakfast at hotel; attend conference at K.R. Cama Oriental Institute; lunch and dinner as arranged by the conference; overnight at hotel
Monday, 11 January
Breakfast at hotel; Tentative visit to Pracheen, designer who works in linen; visits to other designers as time and traffic permits;  Lunch at Leopolds; visit with Meera Mehta, designer who works with Paithani saris; Dinner at Table; overnight at hotel
Tuesday, 12 January
Breakfast at hotel; excursion to Elephanta caves; Lunch at Khyber restaurant; visit to Oberoi Shopping complex (location of Ritu shop);  Fabindia; Dinner at Ali Baba restaurant; and overnight at hotel
Wednesday, 13 January
Breakfast at hotel; visit to Anokhi, Fuel: The Fashion Store (collection of over 65 designers) and if time, Bungalow 8; Lunch at Copper Chimney restaurant;  visit to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum) to visit the new textile gallery;  Dinner at Indigo; and overnight at hotel
Thursday, 14 January
Breakfast at hotel; depart Mumbai on Jet Airways 9W 70 840 to Bangkok

Details for Booking - Limit is 10 People

(Based on twin sharing) - $2875, Single room supplement $1183. 
(If 6 members sign up, there will be a $270 rebate per person, if 10 a $380 rebate)
A deposit of $1200. US per person must accompany the booking by 30 Sept, 2015 Latest date 

(PLEASE NOTE:  The Thai Textile Society can not guarantee airline tickets or  hotel bookings  after 30 September 2015.)

This trip is an international trip, please note it is quoted in US dollars but payment required in Baht by Bank Deposit to Diethelm Travel (Thailand) Limited
Please refer to daily bank exchange rate to pay in Thai Baht

Your booking will not be confirmed until deposit payment has been received and details with your name, date deposited or if wire deposit copy of wire , the name of your Bank, and copy of your passport.  Kindly email to the 2 email addresses below
TTS – Please email - Attention: Donna Dingle
Details of Travel Agent email: - Mingkhwan Boonmanee Thailand-Email:
Please make payment in Baht by Bank Deposit to Diethelm Travel (Thailand) Limited
Account Name- Diethelm Travel (Thailand) Limited,
Bank Name: Kasikorn Bank (KBANK),
Branch Name: Park Ventures Branch
Address:  57 Park Ventures Building, 2ND Fl. No.202,
Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan,  Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Account No: 709-2-26783-5
Swift Code: KASITHBK


  • 15% of the total tour cost if cancelled between 90 to 60 days of arrival date

  • 30% of the total tour cost if cancelled between 60 to 45 days of arrival date.

  • 75% of the total tour cost if cancelled between 45 to 30 days of arrival date.

  • No refund if cancelled below 30 days of arrival date.


The payment includes airfares from Bangkok, airport transfers, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, (beverages are not included, except water at meals and on bus), accommodation for two persons per room, symposium fees, entrance fees, gratuities and minor expenses incurred to make this trip possible.

Indian Visas must be obtained by participant, (please apply for a Tourist visa)
IVS visa application Centre at IVS GLOBAL Pvt Ltd,
Address: 22nd floor, 253 Asoke, Opp: Rutnin Eye Hospital, Soi 21, Sukhumvit, Bangkok
E Visas for India are now available for most nationalities. On 15th August 2015, India's Independence Day, citizens of the UK were added to the long list of countries eligible for an E Visa to India which includes the USA, Canada, Spain, Germany, Australia, Brazil and many many more. To check the list of countries or for more details on making an application for your guests please visit the website
The Thai Textile Society reserves the right to change the program as necessary.
Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible.