March the 6th to the 16th.
The first tour is Rajasthan and it's a hands-on tour, visiting artists every few days. And experiencing the festival of Holi. You will learn the basics of block printing, paper making, block creation, and numerous quilting styles. You will also have the opportunity to have garments created for yourself.
Of course, you will see many historic places and experience life in rural and city India. Bring extra bags!!!!! However, we know how to ship huge boxes home for you.
March 7 th
Today you will arrive at the Delhi Airport and connect for an evening flight to JAIPUR.
I will be there to meet you after you clear customs and we'll travel together to Jaipur. It's just a short flight.
Upon arrival in Jaipur, we’ll meet our tour guide and transfer to the crown plaza hotel/holiday inn /where we will stay for the next 6 nights.
Govind what time would they get into Jaipur?
That evening we will visit a local neighbourhood event to share in the Holi fire ceremony.
This morning following breakfast, we will have a ‘get to know you’ class with Pam Holland. We’ll talk about all of the things we will do on the tour. I can answer any questions you have and we will begin our travel journal.
So many textiles and motifs we use today, like cashmere, paisley, calico, and muslin, originated in India, and that was part of the reason I wanted to visit India. Not only are the natural woven textiles so familiar, but so too (even if you don’t know all the names) are woodblock prints, beading, metallic threading and weaving, Kantha stitching, khadi, phulkari and aribharat embroidery, and so much more. Once you get fascinated and enticed by this, you end up with a large collection of textiles, which I will show you what to do with them.
Later at 11.30, we shall visit Mela ground to play Holi festival.
Following this, we will drive to a children’s orphanage for a very special visit to play Holi with them.
Back at the hotel you can rest and enjoy time on your own before dinner.
After breakfast we visit village Sanganer to visit block makers, then a working paper factory and learn more about this unusual craft.
Sanganer is a town situated in Jaipur district, Rajasthan, 16 km south of the state capital Jaipur. It is famous for textile printing, the handmade paper industry, and Jain temples. Sanganer prints are one of a kind, for reason that patterns in bright colours are always printed on white backgrounds.
Then we will all participate in our first craft workshop where we will meet a master artisan and learn the folk-style art of Indian “Kantha” quilting.
In the afternoon we have our second craft workshops the block printing and tile painting workshop, where you will about the techniques and colours and we print our own cloth pieces.
You will also have the opportunity to make your own tile.
Return to the hotel we go for dinner at a local vegetarian/rooftop restaurant