Bangladesh: Living Blue Artisans Bring Indigo to Life

November 3-8, 2018

5 days/6 nights; $4,314 per person

International airfare not included. Upon request, guests are welcome to use CARE's travel partner for flight reservations.

Sit back, relax and take in one of the most beautiful regions of Bangladesh as we visit CARE’s Living Blue project.

This unique experience will have you sitting side-by-side with a local artisan who will guide you through the process of making your own indigo work of art.

The brand Living Blue represents high-quality, handmade indigo textile products meant for high-end markets, made by artisans in Bangladesh.

Project Visits

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Day 1- Saturday- November 3

Upon your arrival into Dhaka, you will be met by a CARE staff member who will escort you to the hotel for a chance to refresh and rest after your travels. The afternoon will include a tour of Old Town Dhaka, winding through narrow city streets and exploring the many historical sites hidden among the hustle and bustle of everyday life that makes up the heart of this increasingly globally connected city. Following your city tour, we will gather with CARE Bangladesh staff for a Welcome Dinner to get to know one another and to prepare for the exciting week ahead.

Westin Hotel

Dinner Included in Trip Cost


Day 2- Sunday, November 4

The day will begin with a shopping trip to Aarong, the BRAC-managed store where you can purchase locally and responsibly made products for friends and family. The 'BRAC model' comprises a collaborative network of enterprises, development programs and investments with a vision to empower the poor, alleviate social/environmental imbalance and enhance financial sustainability. Of course, be sure to leave room in your suitcase for the beautiful Living Blue indigo products! After this brief shopping trip, it’s off to the airport for the short flight to northern Bangladesh, long known for its indigo production. After checking into the RDRS Hotel in Rangpur, we will make the short drive to Living Blue for an introduction to the indigo textile process. Set in a small village among rice fields, Living Blue artisans produce some of the world's most beautiful products as the subdued sounds of village life linger in the air. The visit will include a tour of the production facility, an overview of the indigo production and textile-dying process, and a look into the different forms of design creation employed by the artisans.

RDRS Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included in Trip Cost


Day 3- Monday, November 5

On a return to Living Blue, we will visit the home of a local artisan and gain a deeper understanding of what life is like for the artisans and their families. Learn more about this ancient technique directly from the artisans of this unique art form as well as the process of indigo production from the cultivation of the indigo plant to the market linkages that have led to Living Blue products being sold in high-end retailers the world over. Later in the day, you will then sit with one of the artisans, who will guide you as you produce your own Living Blue textile to bring home. Your piece will truly be one of a kind.

RDRS Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included in Trip Cost


Day 4- Tuesday, November 6

Our final day in Rangpur takes us into the surrounding villages where the famous Living Blue quilt making takes place. Using a rare technique called lohari, these female artisans produce some of the world’s finest quilts as part of the Living Blue project. Sit with the women who create these amazing pieces and as the quilts slowly take form, be inspired knowing you are watching master craftswomen at their trade. We will then visit Kantajew Temple, a late-medieval Hindu temple built in the 18th century. Boasting one of the greatest examples of terracotta architecture in the country, it is well known throughout Bangladesh. 

RDRS Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included in Trip Cost


Day 5- Wednesday, November 7

The day begins with the short return flight to Dhaka. After checking into the hotel, we will meet CARE staff for a Closing Lunch, sharing stories and experiences from what will surely be an inspiring week.

Westin Hotel

Breakfast and Lunch Included in Trip Cost


Optional Day 6- Thursday- November 8

If you are interested in spending an extra day in Bangladesh and visiting CARE’s work with garment factory management and workers, please email Matt Korn at

Travelers are free to begin departing late on the evening of November 7th.