Snail Trails (Handmade in Asia)

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Between 2013 and 2016 we travelled Asia for two years and three months, crossing 14 borders of countries and territories, on an overland journey from Bulgaria to India.

Along the way we searched for and met artisans from all walks of life, documented and shared the stories of their crafts, and every couple of months sent by post a selection of their creations to 11 participants from different countries who had suscribed to the project through this blog. This was the first post, to which they responded with interest.

The project was first called Snail Trails (owing to the fact that we call ourselves snails and the crafts would follow our overland trail. But was changed to “Handmade in Asia” along the way, when we realized the focus was to be on the artisans and their work, rather than our own journey, to which many other entries of this blog were already dedicated.

Would you like to receive treasures from the road? 

The road has taught us that hoarding stuff in a travel bag is not the smartest thing a traveller can do. But  the silk road is all famous for its treasures and we expect to meet artisans, artists, magicians and everyday people with skills that will amaze our eyes. We know that appreciating local work is important and that there are friends at home that can get inspired by their creations. So we want to make a link, a growing link, as we walk, in the shape of a Snail Trail.

Happy travels!
Snails that tell stories of faraway places


To show local creations from the road to the East. To support local artisans and artists. To keep on travelling light. And to share what we find. This is the plan:
Collecting roving treasures
Collecting roving treasures
Once every 2 months we prepare a few little parcels with treasures from the way. They will be filled with local crafts, and tell the story and details of their makers.
We will send one parcel to each person registered below (up to 10 people)
If you like what you receive, if you think its nice or useful (for you, for the producers, for anyone around) you can make a small donation into our paypal account. You are free to contribute as you see fit.
With any donations received we will continue to buy treasures for the next parcel, and post them to any place you write us from, bringing to life the chain of Snail Trails along the way.
* NOTE 1: This is an informal travelling project, all parcels will vary in content, size, value as we go.
We do not expect to gain any profit from this, but simply to make a link between the places we visit, the people we meet and friends, family and travellers that want to follow our way with their imagination.
** NOTE 2: If at any point you want to stop receiving snail trails, just let us know by email.
# Snailtrails is now full, but if you like the idea let us know. After we send the first parcels we may increase the capacity of this little roving project #
Dressed for winter travels copy


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Boris, Marta and Burma roam the world at a speed of a snail. Two humans and one cat that found their way to India overland.

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  1. […] We walk out of the crowd and into the historic city bazaar, joined now by Mohammed, who willingly offers himself as translator and guide. If there is one thing I have come to search in Isfahan is Ghalamkar, the block printed cotton cloth, one the the handicrafts that the city famous for. It is the makers of this craft that we want to meet, and Mohammed says he knows them all. We do not walk long. Just a few steps after the first arch we turn into a yard leading to a beautiful shop, where a man prints large table cloths under the scrutinizing gaze of a german team and their dslrs. The shop is loaded like a treasure cave with cotton clothes of all sizes, shapes and patterns, floor to top. I would expect a dragon to be sleeeping in between them, guarding the collection of fine crafts. And indeed there is one, talking some steps away to a young couple, he has not noticed us yet. While waiting for the crowd to disperse, I look around the place like a little girl in a candy store. Everything is pretty, flowers, figures, patters and script decorating the fabrics in shades of blue. I want them all, but I will have to choose just some pieces, and unfortunatelly will keep none. My quest, an living map to handmade Asia, is a treasure hunt for somebody else. […]

    • rovingsnails
      | Reply We are happy you like our content, but please if you share, do so well. Linking to the source is no only required and advisable, but also good publishing manners. We have more than one post about Iran, and since you are so keen on showing the “real” face of the country, why not linking to the blog and letting your readers explore other thoughts? We hope to hear from you soon!

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