Guest Comments
A guest of many of our Textile Tours-

What they said…

30.11.18 Gujarat Thank you all for a wonderful time in India So good travelling with like minded nice people- D

27.11.18 Thank you all for putting up with the brit. I had a brilliant time with you all.- B

Morocco Textile Tour Guest comments
Morocco Textile Tour Guest comments

9.11.18 Arrived home late Wednesday night. Had a shower, piled into bed and was met with the amazing surprises when I opened the suitcase!!We really had a great time, thanks to Fiona and Praveen for the way you looked after us, took us round, and didn’t lose anyone!! -F

28.6.18 on Instagram.

Morocco Textile Tour Guest comments
Morocco Textile Tour Guest comments

27.6.18 via email

Its TH here – I was lucky enough to be on your 2016 Rajasthan tour, with my friend S.   I hope that both you and Praveen are well. 

I have a favour to ask.  am returning to India in January with a Rotary group. My husband R is organising the trip.  We will be visiting Jaipur and I would love us all to go to that great restaurant I went to with you, where the guy was outside in the hallway making those beautiful roti.  I am hoping that you might be able to tell me the name of the restaurant?   If not that one, do you have any others you can recommend?? 

I often think about our holiday with you and Praveen, amd how well you looked after us all.  It was such an amazing experience.  Its nice to keep in touch with what you are up to on Instagram – thank goodness for social media!!!

Morocco 2018

Moorish Delights of Andalusia and Morocco 2018. Check out FB or Instagram May 2018 for Happy Snaps.

FW- Aust. Thanks for all the work you did to ensure we had a happy and fulfilling trip, will highly recommend to everyone.

PA- Canada I have come home with an overwhelming feeling of happiness and wonder over my trip with you and the “gang”.  I sent an email to your FB site but apart from private emails I have not seen anything about your Creative Safaris elsewhere on FB. And I so wanted to sing your praises over the net. I want everyone on MY friend list anyway, to know how amazing your tour was.  Do you have another site where any messages will be shared on FB. Also I did not take a lot of pics myself and want to swipe some from your stash of photos if you are posting them somewhere. OTOH you and Praveen are probably just resting, enjoying being home,and especially not having to troubleshoot for the likes of me every day!!!!I do admire you so much Fiona for being such a good organizer and all round excellent person.

Bengal 2018 Textile Tour Guest comments
Bengal Textile Tour Guest comments

 BKT 2018- Claire Mason made this beautiful video of our journey

Bengal 2018 Textile Tour Guest comments
Bengal Textile Tour Guest comments

From A who joined us on BKT17  Thank you both SOOOOO much – we had a fantastic fortnight and loved every minute of the trip.  Your research really paid off and we were treated to many very special experiences.  We all particularly liked the rural areas with the opportunity to visit homes and hear such inspiring stories especially from the women – Shobnam, Shamlu, and Shoma.  They will all live long in our memories.  You were both such great company to be with too and gave us a lot of fascinating background into Indian life, history, and customs

Jan 2017from JH who has been on many tours with us “N, D, A and I just did our Japan tour[ note not a Creative Arts run tour ], fabrics were so cheap there, should have bought more. The more tours we do the more we appreciate what you put into your tours and how you make everyone feel that a group of friends and cover so many different activities and wonderful eclectic accommodation. The Japan accom. was all businessman type hotels, no atmosphere and you could have been anywhere. “

from J- Ghana 2017 “Thanks again for making it all possible. I enjoyed every moment, even eating grasscutter, although that was something I might not want to try again!

The whole trip ran so smoothly which   was certainly due to your hard work in planning and preparation. My baskets are reshaping themselves nicely and I am about to unpack my beads and fabrics”

from A- Vietnam 2016 “I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to North Vietnam and like R… it will take me some time to get my photos in order as I seem to have taken quite a lot. Thanks to all for making the trip memorable.”

from V, Rajasthan 2015

  “Thanks for the photos Fiona.. Such great memories! A truly fabulous trip.Thanks for the photos Fiona.. Such great memories! A truly fabulous trip. And recipes … Yes please!”

from M, Raj 2015

“Thank you all for making this the most fun that I have had on a trip.  I have been looking at Fiona’s web site for upcoming trips and trying to make decisions for the next one.  Everyone keep in touch.”    

“Hi Fiona,

We are slowly getting back into the groove again. I must say, I miss the hustle and bustle and colour, it seems very quiet where we are…. This will give you a laugh. I went into the local Indian shop for spices (I’m hooked) etc. today and sitting on the counter were the very same chapati warmers we bought in Pushkar. We had a wonderful trip, 
you made it so easy and enjoyable for us all. The knowledge you shared with us about India is invaluable, especially to those of us who love the history and customs of a place. From a little knowledge comes a better understanding and from there it opens up our minds to even more. We know from friends who have travelled in India that we had it good. They tease us and say it’s not the real deal unl
ess you go up the wall 
trying to get on trains and getting from A to B , but as we were told once by an old bushie “ any mug can rough it”, we’d rather do it the way you had it organised, it’s very relaxed”
Diana, Australia 2010


Guest Comments
Guest Comments
  • “Hi Fiona Thanks for sending the recipes. I’m looking for ward to using them. I had a wonderful trip and have many happy memories to enjoy in the future. Maybe we’ll meet in India again one day. Thanks so much.”Jill, Canada, Raj 09

  • Hi Fiona, We are all back home and all in one piece!…I have impressed some people with my cross stitch samples, but have to admit I haven’t done anything else to it( does it count if I opened the bag once?) Leslie, Victoria, Aust. 
    Vietnam-09

  • “Hi FionaHome at last, back at work, but still very jetlagged…I wanted to thank you for all the work and effort which you put into making the tour so terrific. I have to say it is one of the best trips I have ever been on, and so artistically inspiring.”

Helen, Aust. Morocco-09

  • “I had a fantastic holiday and only wish that I was still there….Thankyou for a 
    great trip and giving me the enthusiasm to travel once again.

I have so many wonderful memories.” Sue, Aust. Vietnam Textile 2009


  • “Together with Parveen, her Indian tour associate, Fiona Wright shares her joy, understanding and respect of the Indian artisans and people of Rajasthan. The tour was well organised, comfortable and enriching. A taste of the visual, oral and aural abundance that is India. The workshop in Udaipur enabled me to fully appreciate the skill of Indian tie dye, block printing and embroidery skills thanks to the patience of Mr Yaqob and his family. From the past riches of the forts and palaces to the camel ride inthe quiet desert, the orphanage at Pushkar and the glimpses into a variety of spiritual practices. I returned to Australia mesmerised, fascinated and just a little sad that it was all over so quickly. I highly recommend 
    this” Jacky , 2007 Sydney Australia

  • “I arrived in India feeling quite nervous after receiving so many warnings prior to leaving home. Fortunately Fiona provided plenty of practical advice and after a short time I relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed my tour. I found most of the people we met friendly and helpful, pleased to show us their countryIn particular, the 
    craftspeople enjoyed showing their skills and teaching some to us. The drivers were helpful and friendly. I saw so many fascinating places, people and things. They have given me so many ideas for projects it will keep me busy for years. I loved the cooking lessons and am hooked on Indian food. I’m planning cheesemaking lessons so I can make my favourite, palak paneer. What a great trip!” C. Cox, Newcastle, Aust. Raj, April, 07

  • “Well researched”– Lis, Newcastle, Aust. Raj,Nov, 07

  • “…I really enjoyed my holiday in India. We saw so much. Thank you very much.Cheers Jocelyn” Jocelyn, NZ Raj, April 08


  • “Loved the experience of sitting and sewing with local people…some of the markets were mind boggling…Fiona’s gentle explanations-what to expect and why along the way have been great.I did some pre-reading so I was reasonably prepared but I loved the sociology lessons along the way- enriched the whole experience.”
    “great emails reminding us to prepare properly, assistance with bartering.”
    Noeline, Victoria, Aust,TTVN-09

Subject: Re: Creative Arts Safaris Newsletter #3 2017

 Hi Fiona,

Thanks for the up date, I often think of my trip to Vietnam with you remembering some very happy and interesting experiences, it seems a long time since then and yet the memories are still clear I did make up my journal with pictures and comments not really very creative but I am sure when I am really old and in my dotage I will look at it and be amazed and what I did.

Thanks for some special memories.

Hi Fiona.  Its Tess Hines here – I was lucky enough to be on your 2016 Rajasthan tour, with my friend Sheila.   I hope that both you and Praveen are well.  I have a favour to ask. 

I am returning to India in January with a Rotary group. My husband Rob is organising the trip.  We will be visiting Jaipur and I would love us all to go to that great restaurant I went to with you, where the guy was outside in the hallway making those beautiful roti.  I am hoping that you might be able to tell me the name of the restaurant?   If not that one, do you have any others you can recommend?? 

Thank you all for a wonderful time in India

So good travelling with like minded nice people

Cheers and safe Christmas

Thank you all for a wonderful time in India

So good travelling with like minded nice people

Thank you all for a wonderful time in India

So good travelling with like minded nice people

Cheers and safe Christmas

Hi All

Arrived home late Wednesday night. Had a shower, piled into bed and was met with the amazing surprises when I opened the suitcase!!

Happy Snaps

You might notice the same faces cropping up again and again…so happy to have repeat travellers often.
We have such a laugh on our trips, these are some photos group members thought should be on the website!
[a new idea- thanks to ladies of Raj2-08]

email Aug 2018

Subject: Re: Creative Arts Safaris Newsletter #3 2017

 Hi Fiona,

 Thanks for the up date, I often think of my trip to Vietnam with you remembering some very happy and interesting experiences, it seems a long time since then and yet the memories are still clear I did make up my journal with pictures and comments not really very creative but I am sure when I am really old and in my dotage I will look at it and be amazed and what I did.

Thanks for some special memories. Chris