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A new Aber­crom­bie & Kent itin­er­ary in Tamil Nadu, south­east In­dia, comes with a warm and cosy layer of com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. Un­der the op­er­a­tor’s Hosted Small Group Jour­neys ban­ner, the 12-day Women Hand in Hand tours, de­part­ing March 20 and Oc­to­ber 10 next year, are limited to groups of 18, and a con­tri­bu­tion from each tour fee will be made to pro­vide one month’s em­ploy­ment for lo­cal knit­ters and fur­ther skills train­ing for five women. It’s all part of an ini­tia­tive in con­junc­tion with the fair-trade Knit One Change One project run by Aus­tralian hand-knit ex­pert Danielle Chiel who has set up a co-op­er­a­tive where vil­lage women hand-knit high-qual­ity fi­bres, mak­ing world-class fash­ion gar­ments and earn­ing valu­able in­come for their fam­i­lies. KOCO of­fers a paid seven-month ap­pren­tice­ship to these knit­ters and meet­ing those in­volved is an itin­er­ary high­light on this round-trip from Chen­nai, which also in­cludes Kanchipu­ram, Ma­ha­balipu­ram, Pondicherry and Than­javur. Ex­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional air­fares, the tour is $7435 a per­son twin-share; for sin­gle supplement, add $2199. More: aber­crom­biekent.com.au; koco.global.

SU­SAN KUROSAWA

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