13 Days • February 14 - 27, 2023
Sail out of Singapore for in-depth visits to the Indonesian fabric industry and biggest textile market in South East Asia, while learning the process of making batiks from an expert.
Dear Quilters and Friends,
2023 brings a unique opportunity to experience the fabric haven of Indonesia! This QUILT EXPLORATIONS exclusive cruise and tour will sail on Holland America’s Westerdam.
Quilting and “Sewcializing”
This trip of a lifetime begins and ends in Singapore on a 13-day cruise. Visit the Indonesian ports of Jakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Probolinggo, Komodo Island and overnight on-board ship in magical Bali. Tours along the way in the ports will show you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Indonesian fabric industry.
We will visit the biggest textile market in South East Asia, Tanah Abang Market, on Jakarta. While on Java, we will not only visit traditional markets, but observe the process of making batiks. Once you’ve observed, step in and learn from a batik expert as they guide you through designing and creating your own hand-made batik to bring home! While in Bali, visit the center of Balinese hand-woven fabric, and find streets dedicated to fabric!
Round out the cruise with a tour to Komodo Island where you can visit the amazing Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat.
On this unique and exciting itinerary you will automatically be included in all of our fabulous tours and lectures. There is no need to sign up for them along the way! This is not your typical Quilt Seminar at Sea, but instead an exclusive and inclusive look into the fabric industry of Indonesia.
Bring a hand-work item from home if you would like something to work on during our SEWcial time, but there will be no classes along the way. You will be included in lectures, special tours on and off the ship, SEWcial opportunities, special meals, and parties!
With shopping time and surprises along the way, this will be an unforgettable trip of a lifetime!