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March – Jaipur Month

Jaipur – The Pink City

For the month of March, we are mixing up our newsletter content to give you information on one of the wonderful cities that we travel to on a Colouricious holiday. Jaipur was the first location we ever visited on a Colouricious tour so it made sense for us to start at the very beginning with this beautiful city.
Over the next month, we are going to look at:

  • The History of Block Printing in Jaipur
  • Textile Printing Techniques of Jaipur
  • How the Wooden Printing Blocks are made
  • What to do in Jaipur

But first off, a little bit of history and information about the city itself.

History of Jaipur

Jaipur city is located on the eastern border of the Thar Desert. It is popularly known as “Pink City” and is one of the best architecturally designed cities of India. The city is located at a height of 1417 feet above sea level. Jaipur is surrounded by the Aravali hills from three sides which safeguard it from the desert. In the North, Jaipur shares its borders with Sikar and Mahendragarh districts. In the south, it is surrounded by Tonk district, in the east by Alwar, Dausa and Sawai Madhopur districts and in the west by Nagaur and Ajmer districts.

From east to west, Jaipur district is spread over 180 km while the length from north to south is about 110 km. Banganga and Sabi Rivers are the main sources of water for the district.

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan which was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II on November 18, 1727. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II was a Kachwaha Rajput who ruled Jaipur from 1699-1743. Prior to Jaipur, his capital was Amber which is 11 km away from Jaipur. With the increase of population, the King felt the need to shift the capital city. Another reason to shift the capital was the scarcity of water in Amber region.

The King was concerned about the security of the city and hence, he utilised his scientific and cultural interests to build it. He employed Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar in Mathematics and Science from Bengal to help design the city’s architecture. Vidyadhar referred to ancient Indian literature on astronomy, books of Ptolemy and Euclid in order to help the King.

The construction of the city started in 1727 and it took around 4 years for the completion of the major palaces and roads. Principles of Vastu Shastra were greatly followed while designing the city.

Jaipur city is counted among pre-modern cities of the country because of the evenness of its streets. The streets are divided into six sectors each separated by around 34 m (111 feet) wide roads. These sectors are termed as urban quarters which are further divided by interconnecting streets.

The city was divided into nine blocks, two of which allocated for state buildings and palaces. The remaining seven blocks were allotted to the general public to live in. From the security point of view, huge walls were constructed around the city along with seven strong gates. It is believed that the architecture of the city was the best of its time in the Indian subcontinent.

Visit of the Prince of Wales


Credit: Columbia University, NY

In 1876, the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur city. To celebrate the visit and to welcome the Prince, the whole city was painted in pink which is how the city got its beautiful nickname, “Pink City”. Continuing the trend and keeping the charm of the historic era, all the state buildings and historical places of Jaipur city are painted in a similar pink colour.

Jaipur Today

The city of Jaipur serves as a vast business centre with all the modern facilities available. The historical places situated in the city attract tourists from different parts of the country and abroad. These places include Nahargarh Fort, Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Moti Doongri.

Block printing is one of the major arts practiced in the Jaipur district. A small village, Bagru, 35 km from Jaipur in the southwest is famous for block printing. The people of this region belong to Chippa community and have practised this art for more than 350 years. Using their native methods of dyeing and printing, block printing is done using colours like Alizarin, bright yellow and indigo blue on cotton fabric.

On Monday we will carry on and explore the History of Block Printing in Jaipur. Block Printing is obviously close to my heart and I look forward to sharing the history with you.

If the description of the Pink City has tempted you to join us on one of our trips, then head over to our website where you can read about all of the holidays we are running for 2017 and 2018.

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Create your own Fabric Designs

Create your own Fabric Designs

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At Colouricious we are as passionate about the fabrics we print on as the blocks we actually use to print.

We love to make different designs of fabric for our projects and it is really a lot easier to do than you may think. Take a look at the video below and you will see how we can make our fabric designs for our next project from the left over inks on previous projects!

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Our DVD Inspired Block Printing gives you loads of ideas of how to create your own fabrics and what to do with them. It is one of our most popular DVDs but as our gift to you, we are letting you download it for free now just by visiting our website.

Inspired Block Printing - DVD

Download for FREE!


Halloween Idea

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Now the nights are drawing in and with Halloween and Bonfire Night just around the corner, you maybe thinking about some more vibrant and colourful crafts projects to celebrate these occasions. We have the perfect answer for you with a set of fluorescent paints that will look great on dark fabrics, and create a magical effect. If you would like to grab a set, then head over to our website and place your order.

Buy our Fluorescent Paint


Latest Arrivals

We have just received another delivery from our carvers in India and the boxes were full of lovely designs that have enabled us to create some delightful sets. The blocks were mostly the larger designs which we know are always very popular, but we have added some smaller blocks into some of the sets as well. As usual, click on the image of the set you want to be taken to our website to get your set.

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Giant Paisleys
Our Paisley Patterned blocks are always very popular and I am sure these one will be no exception. 6 Larger blocks with a mat, sponges and a cleaning brush.

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Bold Patterns
4 detailed large headline blocks for those larger craft projects that can have these bold deigns as a feature image.
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Precious Peacock
New Peacock sets are snapped up very quickly by our regular customers and I think this set will be in demand as usual. We have added some gorgeous patterns to our cute Peacock to make this set even more desirable.

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Happy Hoppiness
In amongst the larger blocks were these delightful ones that we thought would look excellent together. the rabbit and tree are the headline designs, but the dainty flower and leaf blocks make this a very beautiful set.
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Gorgeous Gujarat

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Colouricious is delighted to announce that we have just opened the popular trip to Gujarat for 2017. The spectacular trip will take place in November next year from 7th – 19th. In this 13 day trip you will get to explore the Gujarati region of India taking in sights and sounds as well as visiting workshops and seeing how the villagers design and create their beautiful textiles.

The region of Gujarat is also the home of the world famous Kite Festival of Uttarayan. Made famous in books such as The Kite Runner, The Kite Festival is a uniquely Gujarati phenomenon, when the skies over most cities of the state fill with kites from before dawn until well after dark. The festival marks the days in the Hindu calendar when winter begins turning to summer, known as Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan. On what is usually a bright warm sunny day with brisk breezes to lift the kites aloft, across the state almost all normal activity is shut down and everyone takes to the rooftops and roadways to fly kites and compete with their neighbors. We will be able to see the start of the Kite production in the streets of Ahmedabad.

Watch the video below about the Leading Ladies of Gujarat to give you an idea of what you will see and experience on this beautiful holiday.

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If you would like to join us in November next year, then head over to our website and use the online booking form to reserve your place. It is a fantastic trip and we would love for you to join us.


Colouricious Club Member Deals

The arrival autumn brings a whole new look to our gardens and plants, and it was seeing the leaves falling from the trees that inspired this weeks special club member deal.

Pick any of the blocks or sets from our Leaves and Trees section and receive a 20% discount on every set from this group that you purchase.

You can find the sets to choose from by visiting the Leaves and Trees page of our website and using the code below.

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Leaves and Trees

As usual, the code is only valid for 1 week and will expire on Sunday 30th October.


Quilt Shows

The Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show proved to be extremely popular, it was wonderful to meet you all that came along. We shared some wonderful stories and crafting ideas, and the show was a great success.

We have two more shows in November and we would love to meet you if you can make it along to either of the shows.

West Country Textile Show – 11th – 13th November

Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show – 24th – 27th November


Printology is so popular we are doing it twice! But only spaces now for October.

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Our February Course is now full!

As we expected, our Printology Workshop proved to be very popular and we filled the February course in just over 1 month. We sort of guessed that this would be the case which is why we have already organised a second workshop for October next year.

The second course is going to run from 26th – 29th October 2017 and we are now taking deposits so you can reserve your place on the workshop. If you want a place on the October workshop act quickly to grab your space.


Come and See me at a Quilt Show for FREE!

We have a couple of tickets left for the West Country Quilt & Textile Show. The tickets are for Sunday 13th November and the show is at the University of the West of England Exhibition Centre. We also have some free tickets for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show as well, which is at the end of this month

If you would like a ticket for either of these shows all you need to do is purchase anything from our website and add a line in the note box that you would like a ticket and we will send it out with the items you purchased. I am afraid this will have to be a first come, first served offer, so they are gone the offer will be over. If you are one of the lucky ones though, I look forward to seeing you there!


October Deal of the Month

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Christmas is coming!

I know, I know, we are only just into October and the sun is still shining, but I have seen some Christmas adverts and the shopping channels are already mentioning it, so I don’t feel too bad about reminding you all that Christmas is not that far away. For us crafters, we have top be even more organised if we are going to produce home-crafted gifts and cards for our friends and family. I was talking with one of our club members who is already preparing her designs for gifts, and she told me about her 6 year old grandson who loves joining in with when when she block prints and is going to make gifts himself for all his teachers this year.

So, now we have all agreed that Christmas is on its way, what is the special offer?

Well, we thought we would give you the chance to combine our beautiful Christmas blocks with something you can print on and give as a gift. Buy any one of our Christmas Block sets and you will get a free tea towel to block print and create a lovely festive gift. The deal gets better though as if you buy two of the Christmas sets, you will get 3 free tea towels and buy three sets and get 5 free tea towels. No code or comment to make when you order, just choose your sets and we will do the rest.
1 Christmas Block Set – 1 Free Tea Towel
2 Christmas Block Sets – 3 Free Tea Towels
3 Christmas Block Sets – 5 Free Tea Towels

To see the choice of block sets for this offer you can visit our October Offer page.

It is a great deal and I am sure anybody who receives a hand printed tea towel will love it.


Learn how to Paint on Silk

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Learn the art of silk painting and how silk is spun by silk worms, in these wonderful videos. You will love learning about the fascinating production, followed by the gorgeous silk fabric that are produced. Check out our full range of silk painting supplies and create what you are able to see in these videos.

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If this has piqued your interest in painting on silk, then check out all of the kits and accessories we have on our Silk Painting page.


Fabric Paints

Fabric Paints

Gelli Plates

Gelli Plates

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

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Stencils

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Add some Shisha to your craft projects

Add some Shisha to your craft projects

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Shisha or Abla Bharat embroidery , or mirror-work, is a type of embroidery which attaches small pieces of mirrors reflect metal to fabric. Mirror embroidery is spread throughout Asia, and today can be found in the traditional embroidery of Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, and Indonesia.

It is a really lovely way to adorn and embellish your textile crafting projects and it makes them stand out from the crowd.
We have an excellent video on our YouTube channel that show you how to sew with Shisha mirrors. You can click on the video below to watch it.

shisha video

Our YouTube channel is cram packed full of lovely videos for you to watch and learn from. Access to every video is free and there are 269 for you to choose from. We are very proud of the videos we have made and they have been viewed over 3.5 million times, so why not join in and watch a few today.

You can find the Colouricious YouTube channel by clicking the link below. If you like the videos I would really appreciate it if you could click on the “thumbs up” symbol just beneath it to let everybody know you liked it.

YouTube Channel

We have a wonderful special Shisha starter kit available at the moment. It comprises:
• a selection of Anchor embroidery thread
• a bag of beautiful hand cut diamond shaped shisha mirrors
• 5 wonderful hand carved wooden block designs perfect for shisha mirrors measuring 75mm in diameter
• a sponge to apply fabric paints to your blocks
• a small foam mat
It is the perfect set to get you started in Shisha embroidery.

Shisha Starter Kit


Learn New Embroidery Techniques

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Come and join in on our kantha stitch embroidery textile tour of West Bengal to learn about Indian heritage, hosted by our Colouricious representative. During your textile holiday you will be exploring the Indian traditional techniques of kantha stitch, block printing, batik, macrame, embroidery and textiles, and many more truly unique experiences, many of which will be in remote villages, off the beaten track. The tour is in October 2017, and is for 14 days. It is a hugely popular tour and we highly recommend it if you enjoy embroidery and want to learn about different stitching styles.

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If you would like to join us in October next year, then head over to our website and use the online booking form to reserve your place. It is a fantastic trip and we would love for you to join us.


Colouricious Club Member Deals

The Hmong people are an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China. Their history is somewhat difficult to trace but it is believed that they originated in the mountains of the Yellow River before migrating South in search of more arable land to farm. The Hmong people are now in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos as well as China.
The Hmong people are famous for their intricate textile art which comprises bold geometric patterns often in bright contrasting colours. Sub cultures of the Hmong people, not surprisingly, associate themselves with different patterns and techniques when it comes to their textile art designs. White Hmong are usually associated with reverse applique while the Green Hmong are more likely to be seen using batik.
We have a number of beautifully intricate pattern blocks in Hmong styles and they would be wonderful on any craft project.Use the code below and you will get 20% off any these blocks you purchase that can be found on the following page of our website. Hmong Blocks

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As usual, the code is only valid for 1 week and will expire on Sunday 23rd October.


Quilt Shows

We have just got back from the Craft4Crafters show. It was lovely to see you all and to hear all your stories about block printing. I am off to Dublin next week for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show and would love to meet anybody that can come along to the show, so please say hello, it is lovely to see you all.

Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show – 20th – 23rd October


Printology is so popular we are doing it twice! But only spaces now for October.

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Our February Course is now full!

As we expected, our Printology Workshop proved to be very popular and we filled the February course in just over 1 month. We sort of guessed that this would be the case which is why we have already organised a second workshop for October next year.

The second course is going to run from 26th – 29th October 2017 and we are now taking deposits so you can reserve your place on the workshop. If you want a place on the October workshop act quickly to grab your space.


Come and See me at a Quilt Show for FREE!

We have a couple of tickets left for the West Country Quilt & Textile Show. The tickets are for Sunday 13th November and the show is at the University of the West of England Exhibition Centre. We also have some free tickets for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show as well, which is at the end of this month

If you would like a ticket for either of these shows all you need to do is purchase anything from our website and add a line in the note box that you would like a ticket and we will send it out with the items you purchased. I am afraid this will have to be a first come, first served offer, so they are gone the offer will be over. If you are one of the lucky ones though, I look forward to seeing you there!


October Deal of the Month

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Christmas is coming!

I know, I know, we are only just into October and the sun is still shining, but I have seen some Christmas adverts and the shopping channels are already mentioning it, so I don’t feel too bad about reminding you all that Christmas is not that far away. For us crafters, we have top be even more organised if we are going to produce home-crafted gifts and cards for our friends and family. I was talking with one of our club members who is already preparing her designs for gifts, and she told me about her 6 year old grandson who loves joining in with when when she block prints and is going to make gifts himself for all his teachers this year.

So, now we have all agreed that Christmas is on its way, what is the special offer?
Well, we thought we would give you the chance to combine our beautiful Christmas blocks with something you can print on and give as a gift. Buy any one of our Christmas Block sets and you will get a free tea towel to block print and create a lovely festive gift. The deal gets better though as if you buy two of the Christmas sets, you will get 3 free tea towels and buy three sets and get 5 free tea towels. No code or comment to make when you order, just choose your sets and we will do the rest.

1 Christmas Block Set – 1 Free Tea Towel
2 Christmas Block Sets – 3 Free Tea Towels
3 Christmas Block Sets – 5 Free Tea Towels

To see the choice of block sets for this offer you can visit our October Offer page.

It is a great deal and I am sure anybody who receives a hand printed tea towel will love it.


Huge choice of Gelli Plates

Gelli Plates

We have lots of different shapes and sizes of Gelli Plates on our website. Gelli Plates are incredibly versatile and can create unique designs and patterns for your craft projects. They can also be used in combination with stencils and our blocks which make the a perfect addition to a crafters toolbox.

If you would like to take a look at the range of Gelli Plates and accessories we have on offer, visit our Gelli Plate page, and see all the different items that we have in stock.


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Fabric Paints

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Silk Painting

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Stencils

Stencils

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Some Lovely Gift Ideas

Some Lovely Gift Ideas

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If you are stuck for ideas for your next crafting project we have loads of them for you on our website. You can take a look at some of the ideas here.

We have a lovely video showing you how to make your own make-up bag which you can watch by clicking on the video below.

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We have a range of excellent videos showing you how to make lots of other gift items. Take a look at the following videos.

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If the idea of block printing a tea towel appeals, then why not take advantage of our October Deal of the Month. Information on the deal is at the bottom of this newsletter, but you will get free tea towels for ordering some of our lovely Christmas Block Sets.

If you have some ideas for crafting projects that you would like to share we would love to hear from you. Just pop me an email with your idea and any pictures you have and we would love to add your project to our website.


Visit Amazing Japan

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I don’t know if you saw it, but there was a wonderful series on ITV with Joanna Lumley exploring Japan. I believe it was a 3 or 4 part series airing on a Friday evening and I am sure you can catch up on any episodes you may have missed if you are interested. You can find more details about the show by visiting the ITV website.

Japan is a mystical, magical and exciting country as well as being technologically very advanced. We have never run a crafting holiday to Japan before, but when we were presented with the opportunity to change this, we jumped at the chance. The first holiday sold out in record time, (literally within 4 days of it going live on our website) so we decided to put on another trip for May 2017. This trip is already well over 70% full, but there are still a few spaces left for anybody that is interested, or maybe has watched Joanna Lumley’s experiences and decided that Japan is for me!

The spring time is the perfect season of the year to visit Japan with blossom out and everything looking so wonderful. We will be exploring Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa where we will be sightseeing as well as participating in workshops and the world famous Japanese tea ceremony.

If you would like to join us on this super trip to such a beautiful country, please head over to our website where you will find the full itinerary and the booking form where you can reserve your place. Be one of the first intrepid Colouricious Club members who will be joining us on our inaugural visits to Japan.


Colouricious Club Member Deals

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We have a lovely assortment of bugs, butterfly and gecko blocks that always prove popular and we are expecting this offer to just increase that popularity.

Use the code below and you will get 20% off any bug, butterfly or gecko block you purchase that can be found on the following page of our website. Bug Blocks

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As usual, the code is only valid for 1 week and will expire on Sunday 16th October.


Quilt Shows

The next two shows are just around the corner now and we are starting to pack up ready for the Craft4Crafters show this week, and then I am off to Dublin the following week for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show. I would love to meet anybody that can come along to the show, so please say hello, it is lovely to see you all.

Craft4Crafters – 13th – 15th October at the Bath & West Showgrounds

Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show – 20th – 23rd October


Printology is so popular we are doing it twice! But only spaces now for October.

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Our February Course is now full!

As we expected, our Printology Workshop proved to be very popular and we filled the February course in just over 1 month. We sort of guessed that this would be the case which is why we have already organised a second workshop for October next year.

The second course is going to run from 26th – 29th October 2017 and we are now taking deposits so you can reserve your place on the workshop. If you want a place on the October workshop act quickly to grab your space.


Come and See me at a Quilt Show

We have a couple of tickets left for the West Country Quilt & Textile Show. The tickets are for Sunday 13th November and the show is at the University of the West of England Exhibition Centre. We also have some free tickets for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show as well, which is at the end of this month

If you would like a ticket for either of these shows all you need to do is purchase anything from our website and add a line in the note box that you would like a ticket and we will send it out with the items you purchased. I am afraid this will have to be a first come, first served offer, so they are gone the offer will be over. If you are one of the lucky ones though, I look forward to seeing you there!


October Deal of the Month

host-of-angels-block-printing-300x300

Christmas is coming!

I know, I know, we are only just into October and the sun is still shining, but I have seen some Christmas adverts and the shopping channels are already mentioning it, so I don’t feel too bad about reminding you all that Christmas is not that far away. For us crafters, we have top be even more organised if we are going to produce home-crafted gifts and cards for our friends and family. I was talking with one of our club members who is already preparing her designs for gifts, and she told me about her 6 year old grandson who loves joining in with when when she block prints and is going to make gifts himself for all his teachers this year.

So, now we have all agreed that Christmas is on its way, what is the special offer?

Well, we thought we would give you the chance to combine our beautiful Christmas blocks with something you can print on and give as a gift. Buy any one of our Christmas Block sets and you will get a free tea towel to block print and create a lovely festive gift. The deal gets better though as if you buy two of the Christmas sets, you will get 3 free tea towels and buy three sets and get 5 free tea towels. No code or comment to make when you order, just choose your sets and we will do the rest.
1 Christmas Block Set – 1 Free Tea Towel
2 Christmas Block Sets – 3 Free Tea Towels
3 Christmas Block Sets – 5 Free Tea Towels

To see the choice of block sets for this offer you can visit our October Offer page.

It is a great deal and I am sure anybody who receives a hand printed tea towel will love it.


Choose from our range of Stencils

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We have an extensive range of lovely stencils and I am sure that there is a stencil that will be perfect for your next craft project. You can use our stencils in combination with lots of other products that we sell and they work especially well with layers and masking techniques.

If you would like to take a look at the range of stencils we have on offer, visit our stencil page, and see all the stencil designers and the different designs that we have in stock.


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Fabric Paints

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Silk Painting

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Gelli Plates

Gelli Plates

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

 

Quilting in Gujarat

Colouricious - QuiltingWith an abundance of fine needle-women, Gujarat also produces its own variety of patchwork quilting. Like quilts from all around the world, theirs are made using applique work and the use of small scraps sewn together. In India the traditions of make do and mend are still rife in the tribal and village communities, where they like to use up scraps of torn old fabrics and turn them into an expression of personal creativity.

The techniques may be the same but the overall look of the Indian quilt is very different. The colour palette is much richer and the themes quite different here in Gujarat.

This area of India had a fine tradition of ornamental household goods. From ancient times its people have delighted in being surrounded by the most beautiful and ornamental home accents. The torans (doorway hangings) and quilts showcase the best in ornamentation techniques. Far from the stark patchwork quilts of the Amish, their quilts are covered in embroidery and applique worked in rich red cotton against a white background. These become family heirlooms and can be found stacked and covered with a gorgeous elaborate dharaniya throw full of mirrors.

Around India quilt making varies enormously and in the Odisha region and West Bengal the Kantha quilt has become a worldwide must have item.

Kantha is the name of a running stitch and here the quilts do not take their beauty from fancy embroidery or applique but the simple joining together of layers with a single long stitch. They are primarily recycled saris made of cotton and vary in size from a blanket to a throw. The entire cloth is covered with the running stitches giving the finished item a wrinkled wavy effect.