Emma Price & Mindful Textile Journeys
founder of In The Wool Shed & Mindful Textile Journeys
I want to offer you a journey with a difference. We only take small groups on our journeys, which in turn allows us to really take care of you, with the opportunity to do things off script... making your experience feel unique, relaxed and exceptional. I am simply passionate about India. It was my home for several years, living working and travelling. The people are incredibly warm, with a sense of humour that touches your soul. I want to share my love of this gloriously amazing, frustrating, delightful, quite simply unbelievable country with you and to give you the confidence to experince India feeling safe and comfortable.
We stay in small boutique hotels full of charm and elegance in the back streets. You'll hop on and off auto rickshaws, sample delicious fresh street food, mooch in markets, get on a train... quite simply really feel India and its heart!
I want us to get off the tour bus, avoid the 5 star international hotels and get amongst real thing...
experience its delights with awareness and grace.
Ok, not so sure about this photo, but it was a very funny moment - February 2018 on our block printing trip. In India, the locals spot the "Chaachee" (or Aunty) a mile off - meaning the one in charge! Thats me seated in the middle (wish I could say I was the one in the gorgeous red hat!) with my lovely ladies having a giggle at my expense outside Hawal Mahal in Jaipur while we stopped for a refreshing chai.
India gets under the skin. Its bemusing, frustrating... and like nothing else. A bit marmite'ish if you know what I mean - love it or hate it! India remains a fascination, not easily forgotten and pulls on your heart strings to return again and again... which is what I did for over 10 years.
My back ground....
I started out in life as an accountant - a job that made me cry (a lot), but also funded my journeys around the world. I started travelling to India in the 1980s - backpacking that turned into a a love for the country, its people and textiles. I travelled endlessly in search of spinning wheels and looms. I found myself working for an environmental project in Ladakh, then setting up a silk spinning workshop in the Kullu valley and finding myself with a full time job with Fabindia designing handloom fabric until eventually settling back in the UK to raise my son Harry and to complete my 2nd degree in fine art.
I have always had a passion for textiles. From a young age I learnt to spin, I completed a city & guilds in weaving & design along the way and ending up yearning for a wool shed to spin and dye the fleece from my sister's flock of sheep. In The Wool Shed was established 2011. I dye British wool yarns using only natural dyes, run spinning & weaving workshops; not quite so lucrative as accounting, but heck I am so much happier.... and hopefully able to inspire others to find pleasure in crafting and travels to India.
Emma Price x
"get off the tour bus and experience real India and its people with me"
SMALL GROUPS . PERSONAL . REAL INDIA . A PASSION . DESIGNED FOR SINGLE TRAVELLERS . WITH LOVE & CARE
Mindful Textile Journeys since 1998