Of Rich Textiles and Historic Lineages: A Textile Trail in Ahmedabad

In this walk, Breakaway ventures into the stories and traditions that have created the fabric of contemporary India and provided the world with some of the finest threads and most sought-after textiles. Situated on the banks of the river Sabarmati, Ahmedabad city has witnessed the rule of different dynasties that have contributed to its rich textile heritage.

Handspun, Handwoven & Hand-stitched—this is the motto of the label from where we are going to start our tour. This organisation empowers women artisans, practices sustainable ways of garment production and promotes conscious consumerism. Get introduced to traditional Indian embroidery techniques like Aahir embroidery, Rabari embroidery, etc. Next, the walk will take you back to the Gandhi era: observe how khadi cotton was spun and know about the textile’s immense contribution to the Indian Freedom movement. Interact, observe and learn the art of spinning from a master weaver whose father initiated Gandhiji and taught him to make his own clothes on the spinning wheel.

This guided tour is for free.


Ms. Hetal Srivastav
Walk Leader
Born and brought up in a Gujarati family of weavers, Hetal Srivastav grew up in an environment where traditions were genuinely valued, things were upcycled if they stopped functioning and dignity of work prevailed. A fashion graduate from NIFT Gandhinagar, Hetal founded Raasleela Textile in 2012, a machine-free workshop dedicated to making 100% hand-stitched garments and accessories by employing urban and rural women artisans.
For more than six years now, she has been working directly with the artisans conducting training programmes, documentation and research. Finding out interesting stories behind the traditional embroidery techniques, colors,motifs and placements, and to use it in contemporary ways is her expertise.