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Kantha Stitch Embroidery Textile Tour – West Bengal, India



7th – 20th Oct 2017  

This stitch holiday is being hosted by textile artist Anne Kelly – who will escort you from Heathrow airport and back, looking after your every need during the tour.



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Colouricious Kantha Stitch  October 2017. Flight Details 
Depart London Heathrow Terminal 4.  
Saturday 7 October 2017 21.20 9W117 – Mumbai Arrive 11.00 Sunday 8 October 
connection flight Mumbai Terminal 2
Sunday 8 October 12.55 9W623  –  Arrive Kolkata 15.35
Return Kolkata
Friday 20 October 2017  21.15 9W628 – Mumbai Arrive 23.55
Depart Mumbai Terminal 2.
Saturday 21 October 01.40 9W120 – London Heathrow Terminal 4 .
Arrive London Heathrow 06.45 Saturday 21 October  
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Luggage allowance 2 bags up to 23kg each

We also have a fabulous local  guide who has in depth knowledge of this area. Numbers are restricted to 18 guests due to the remote location of this holiday. Visiting local villages we wish like to keep the group small in order to respect the local culture

embroiderers-quilters-guildCome and join in on our kantha stitch embroidery textile tour of West Bengal to learn about Indian heritage, hosted by our Colouricious representative Anne Kelly. 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.


Kantha stitch embroidery holiday – arts and crafts in West Bengal

– hear what our guest have to say …

Online Booking & Payment Terms

Please book your holiday online – the booking form is found at the top of this page, under the tab named “Booking”. Once you have submitted your booking form, you will automatically be sent details of payment. Your holiday is confirmed once the deposit is paid. We prefer cheques or online payment (details of which you will be sent). Alternatively we do accept credit cards

From Jacqui … “Both Sheila and I had a wonderful adventure with you and everyone on the trip, we saw and visited some remote and wonderful places, learnt a lot, not just about Sari weaving and weavers way of life, but also how people with so little can produce such a lot of fantastic stuff! It was a wonderful, colourful (in more ways than one) friendly, well organised experience, Sheila and I can’t wait for our next adventure with you!!Jamie-Malden-Colouricious-Textile-Holidays

From Jan … “About the trip.. It was so well planned and facilitated that nothing could be improved. We were cosseted with water, bananas and hand cleanser at every turn. The visits to outlying villages were eye opening in a positive way. The workshops were well prepared and easily followed, even if our results were not perfect! The Indian staff included a tour guide, a lecturer, a driver plus his assistant were all friendly and efficient. I would go again tomorrow. Thank you.”

NB. All our tours require a minimum number of 6 passengers to go ahead. In the unlikely event there are insufficient numbers for the tour to proceed all monies paid will be refunded in full.

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Message from Liz:-

” I wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip to India. I can hardly believe I was there and then I look at the photographs and it comes flooding back. I will never forget it and the joy of being in a band of “sisters” – you have a great talent in organising our trips, knowing what we need and letting us experience so much. Being a lovely person to be with is a joy for us too.”

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DAY 1: 07th Oct’17: Depart London

DAY 2: 08th Oct’17:  

  • Arrive Kolkata – Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.


DAY 3: 09th Oct’17

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Drive Kolkata to village to witness zari work. [35 Kms: 1 Hr]
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant [Haldiram’s] on direct payment basis.
  • Afternoon, enjoy visit to Gariahat Market which sells whole array of items ranging from clothing to crockery to fashion accessories and so on.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Kolkata

Indian Hand Embroidery Designs with gold work Zari

DAY 4: 10th Oct’17:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Drive to Kalna [100 Kms: 2 Hrs]
  • On arrival transfer to your hotel
  • Afternoon visit Muslin spinning and weaving further to nabadwip to see cotton spinning from seed to yarn.
  • Later continue drive to Murshidabad

Embroidery Kantha stitch textile holiday

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DAY 5: 11th Oct’17:

  • Breakfast is at the hotel
  • Afternoon visit silk production, spinning and weaving.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Murshidabad.

Kantha holds a very special place within the village life in Katna. In Katna, you will enjoy a workshop on Kantha weaving. The process of Kantha work goes in a way that the new fabric to be used for the top and the bottom layers of the Kantha is first cut and then stitched according to the desired size. The bottom layer is spread on the floor and ironed. A second layer of soft white cloth is spread on top of it. A third layer of fabric is spread on top and all the three layers are secured together by long running stiches. Thread colours are selected for the quilting work and this is followed by embroidery work. Once the embroidery work is finished, the extra fabric is cut off from the sides to get a straight edge and a piping in matching colour is stitched along the edge for the finish and the label is added. The Kanthas are washed and ironed and are ready.

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DAY 6: 12th Oct’17:

  • Breakfast is at the hotel.
  • Check-out and sightseeing tour of Murshidabad.
  • Later drive to Shantiniketan [115 Kms: 2.5 Hrs]
  • Overnight at your hotel in Shantiniketan

Macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot and forms of “hitching”: full hitch and double half hitches. It was long crafted by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms, to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships. This macramé craft has been adopted from a foreign culture and has become an important craft in Birbhum since the part few decades. It provides a mean of livelihood to many villagers.

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Lunch will be on direct payment basis at the Hotel in Shantiniketan. Afternoon, participate in Batik workshop. The word batik actually means ‘wax writing ‘. It is a way of decorating fabric by covering a part of it with a coat of wax and then dyeing the fabric. The waxed areas keep their original colour and when the wax is removed the contrast between the dyed and non dyed areas makes the pattern. The crackle effect of batik is the most fascinating part which makes it unique. This results when the cooled wax is cracked to allow the dye to penetrate in the final dye bath.

Batik Craft

Day 7: 13th Oct’17:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast, you will visit a village [58 Kms: 1.5 Hr] small vehicles and participate in block printing workshop.
  • Packed lunch will be arranged on direct payment basis from Hotel.
  • Afternoon Kantha weaving workshop at Shree Niketan [18 Kms: 0.5 Hr]
  • Overnight at your hotel in Shantiniketan

In Bishnupur, you will witness Baluchari saree weaving alongwith terracotta and conch shell products being made by the artists. Bishnupur is famous for traditional Baluchari silk saree weaving which bears a lot of similarity with the Katki design of Orissa. Today, you will visit local Baluchari sari weavers and see their working pattern. Their silk-on-silk embroidered textiles and garments are sought after by women all over India as a high end fashion item. Packed lunch will be arranged on direct payment basis. Stay overnight at Hotel in Shantiniketan. They carve intricate blowing shells and bracelets out of conch shell. The bracelets, which are often inlaid with red lac or gold, symbolize in West Bengal that the wearer is married. Generally, it requires more than a month of hard labour to design and style a conch shell and is clearly a costly item. Also, witness the beautiful art of Terracotta work, which again are characteristic of Bishnupur. The most famous of the terracotta products are the handmade jars, disks, jewellery, horses, elephants, Ganesha and Nataraja. The potters here derive their inspiration from the history of kings, soldiers and wars

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Day 8: 14th Oct’17:  

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast, you will enjoy half day Macrame workshop.
  • Lunch will be on direct payment basis during the workshop.
  • Afternoon, participate in Batik workshop
  • Overnight at your hotel in Shantiniketan

Day 9: 15th Oct’17:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast, you will enjoy full day excursion to Bishnupur. [185 Kms: 4 Hrs one way]
  • In Bishnupur, you will witness Baluchari saree weaving alongwith terracotta and conch shell products being made by the artists.
  • Lunch will be at tourist lodge
  • Overnight at your hotel in Kolkata

The day will be spent enriching yourself, learning and experiencing the art of hand block printing and fabric dyeing. A workshop on block printing will be organisedLunch will be arranged at Weavers Studio. 

Day 10: 16th Oct’17:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After Breakfast, drive Shantiniketan – Kolkata [185 Kms: 4.5 Hrs]
  • Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in Kolkata.
  • Lunch will be at your hotel on direct payment basis.
  • Evening is at leisure for Independent activities.

Overnight at your hotel in Kolkata

Phulia specialises in a combination of jacquard and jamdani work while Shantipur is known for superfine dhotis and jacquards.  Shantipur – Phulia region has over 125,000 handlooms, churning out Shantipuri, Tangail, and Jamdani handloom sarees in a variety of yarns like cotton, tussar and silk. Dhotis, dress materials, stoles and scarves are also woven. These places shot to fame as a centre of handloom saree weaving, banking on immigrant weavers from Bangladesh. After partition of India, many skilled weavers of Dhaka came and settled in West Bengal around Shantipur and Phulia in Nadia district, both traditionally renowned centres for hand-woven fabrics. With government encouragement and support, the talented weavers soon revived their ancestral occupation and the art of exquisite weaving has once again flourished.

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Day 11: 17th Oct’17:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning, enjoy workshop at Kasba Weaver’s Studio to experience the local art of block printing and fabric dyeing.
  • Lunch will be arranged at Ballygunge Weavers Studio on direct payment basis.
  • Post lunch, indulge in some retail therapy at Ballygunge Weavers Studio.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Kolkata

Heritage Museum – presently, the museum has a collection of approximately 3300 exhibits of folk arts and crafts, thereby reflecting the vigour and vitality of the rural life and present a vivid picture of art and social traditions, religious beliefs, practices and motifs, aesthetic assimilation and cultural influences in undivided Bengal as well as in India.Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant on direct payment basis. Afternoon, enjoy visit to Dakshinapan Market famous for Handicrafts and Indian ethnic ware, is an open air complex which is spread over two floors. Above half of the total shops fall under Govt. of West Bengal and Central Govt. of India The market comprises mainly various types of State Emporiums, from all over India, dealing in handlooms, handicrafts, textiles, furniture, fancy goods and imitation jewellery. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata.

Day 12: 18th Oct’17:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast, enjoy full day excursion to two small villages [95 Kms: 3.5 Hrs one way] which are known handloom saree weaving centres.
  • Packed lunch will be arranged on direct payment basis from Haldiram’s
  • Overnight at your hotel in Kolkata

Day 13: 19th Oct’17:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning, enjoy half day visit to Gurusaday Museum.
  • Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant on direct payment basis.
  • Afternoon, enjoy visit to Dakshinapan Market consisting mainly of various types of State emporiums from all over India.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Kolkata

Day 14: 20th Oct’17:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast participate in Kantha weaving workshop at SHE – Self Help Enterprises.
  • Today, at an appropriate time, you will be transferred to Kolkata International airport to connect with your flight 9W 628 at 2115 Hrs.



Textile Art – Embroidery – Colouricious Textile Holiday India

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14 day holiday – 4 hands on workshops- Kantha weaving, Macrame, Batik and Block Printing

Twin room sharing:  £2,750.00

Single private room:  £3,150.00

For the trip only without the flight Twin room sharing:  £2,350 & Single Private Room £2,700

Airport Transfer
Our Delhi office is happy to arrange for independent travellers  to be met at the airport – and delivered to the airport at the end of your holiday. One way transfer by an air-conditioned chauffer driven car, together with service of an English speaking representative will be for £54 for two persons.  For delivery to the airport, the charge is £108. The price remains the same for a single traveller. If you would like to use this service, please send us your flight details – and send payment via paypal, internet banking or cheque to Colouricious.

Our Price Includes:-

  • 14 Nights’ accommodation on twin / single occupancy basis at the hotels mentioned above
  • Meal Plan as stated above [HB: Bed, Breakfast and Dinner]
  • Half day visit to Gariahat Market in Kolkata
  • Visit Panchla enroute Kolkata-Shantiniketan to witness Zari work
  • Visit village for Block printing workshop
  • Kantha weaving workshop
  • Half day workshop on Macrame weaving in Shantiniketan
  • Half day workshop on Batik printing in Shantiniketan
  • Full day excursion from Shantiniketan to Bishnupur to witness Baluchari saree weaving and Terracotta and Conch shell work
  • Half day workshop on block printing
  • Half day visit to Ballygunge Weaver’s Studio for retail therapy
  • Full day excursion from Kolkata to Phulia and Shantipur to visit Bengal handloom saree weaving
  • Half day visit to Gurusaday Museum in Kolkata
  • Half day visit to Dakshinapan Market in Kolkata
  • Half day workshop at SHE – Self Help Enterprises
  • All transfers, sightseeings and excursions will be by an air-conditioned vehicle as below:
  • Entrance fees to the monuments as per the itinerary, road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes and porterage at all railway stations/ airports
  • Air conditioned mini bus
  • Services of an English speaking accompanying Escort throughout the tour
  • Colouricious Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers with meet and assist
  • All currently applicable taxes, including the service tax of 3.75% applicable on total invoice amount

Our Price Excludes:-

  • Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fee at all monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.
  • Meals other than those specified above
  • Any insurance
  • All lunches will be on direct payment basis
  • Any visa fees
  • Any air-fare unless mentioned above
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusion

Special Notes:

  • UK and EC citizens require a visa to visit India. You are responsible for obtaining these yourselves but we will of course provide any guidance or assistance you may require
  • All lunches will be on direct payment basis unless specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel check-in & check-out time is usually 1200 Hrs
  • In case of any currency fluctuations or amendments to local Government taxes, or any fuel price rises, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly
  • All the hotels and room categories are yet to be booked. Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost
  • Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column
  • Quote is valid only for the above mentioned period
  • Effective 2nd October 2008, the Government has introduced “No-Smoking” legislation for hotels, restaurants and all public places. As a consequence, smoking is prohibited in all parts of the hotel except in designated bedrooms where smoking is permitted. The hotel has dedicated smoking guest bedrooms. Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know. We shall try to reserve a smoking bedroom for you, subject to availability, should you need one.
  • In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in the local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly
  • For Train bookings, we will require complete names alongwith date of births, 60 days in advance
  • Tourist Helpline in India 1800111363
  • Whilst we have yet to experience this, the Indian government state: Travellers entering India at Delhi with an e-tourist visa will now receive a pre authorised SIM card on arrival pre loaded with 50 minutes of talk time & 50mb of data. This will soon be rolled out to other international airports in India. You may wish to consider taking a spare mobile telephone
  • Some people with a history of asthma or other illness  that affects breathing, may occasionally find the dust and pollution that can sometimes build up in the big cities problematic. They may wish to consider bringing a dust mask.

For Security Reasons, it is mandatory to supply respective units the below

  • Guest Residential Address
  • Contact Numbers
  • Email ID
  • Nationality
  • Photo Identity
  • Copy of passport


Return flights between Heathrow London India
Our own private coach all week
Our own private tour guide for the week. It is essential that you travel with your own personal travel insurance. Full board for the week (except for two evening meals – you are free to explore the city). Spending Money … Many of the places we go only take cash. India is largely a cash society. ATMs are widely available. You can use your regular debit card to take cash out of ATMs but many banks charge a hefty fee for each transaction & their exchange rates may not be so competitive. 


Indian Visa for UK residents – please apply for your visa in plenty of time
Other than UK – Please check your own arrangements for your country for visa requirements. It is your responsibility to sort this – usually allow a couple of months, to be on the safe side. However there is an express visa service. Please note that you have to leave two months between visits to India – i.e. if you have been there within two months of our visit, you will not be able to obtain a visa.


10 weeks or more 40% of total holiday cost

6 – 10 weeks 60% of total holiday cost

less than 6 weeks 100% of total holiday cost


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Hi Jamie, thank you for an amazing tour. 
 Isha our tour guide – the Colouricious Representative  –  during our tour she was both efficient and resourceful in spite of setbacks with traffic and a strike. She was also friendly, helpful, and generous with her time, advice and also her belongings. We could not ask for anyone better.
About the trip.. It was so well planned and facilitated that nothing could be improved. We were cosseted with water, bananas and hand cleanser at every turn. The visits to outlying villages were eye opening in a positive way. The workshops were well prepared and easily followed, even if our results were not perfect! The Indian staff included a tour guide, a lecturer, a driver plus his assistant were all friendly and efficient. I would go again tomorrow. Thank you, Jamie

Have a look at one of our previous embroidery holidays to see what fun we had

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When we arrive at Heathrow, is there a meeting point for us to gather at a certain time?
About a week prior to departure, we will let you know exactly what time to meet up at the airport, and at which check in desk.
Will there be any laundry service/facilities to wash our ‘smalls’ out at the hotels we will be staying in?
There is normally a small laundry service available at some point to catch up with smalls
Do we need clothing to change for dinner?
We do not generally dress smartly for dinner – the luggage allowance does not really permit the luxury of superfluous clothing.
Please could you give us an idea on clothing and footwear needed and what sort of temperature will it be?
Wear cool comfortable clothing – light summer dresses, capri shorts and short sleeved blouses. Dress as if it were a lovely summer day in England! It is important to cover the shoulders and the knees as many places where we visit are roads less travelled and we do not wish of offend the locals!
I generally wear open toe sandals and perhaps travel in trainers.
Do we need to take any anti-malaria tablets? I have had conflicting advice.
Malaria. We are not qualified to give medical advice & you should seek the advice of your own medical professional. However, I can tell you what Jamie & I did last year & what Jamie will be doing on this trip.   Our thinking is : A large part of this trip will be in what is indicated as malaria risk area.  Whilst malaria is a year round problem, it is of particular concern during the wet season we are not travelling in the wet season. The best way to avoid malaria is not to get bitten.  Stay covered up of an evening, avoid standing water where possible, wear eau de bug perfume, take bug spray for your room (not necessary but some people like to do this) . Personally Jamie will not be taking anti-malarial’s.  

Colouricious Holidays – Terms & Conditions.

The holiday will include accommodation and meals as described on the website at the time of booking.

All flights and transfers as described on the website at the time of booking.

All tours and visits as described on the website at the time of booking.

Travel arrangements are planned many months in advance and it may, very occasionally, be necessary to make changes to or cancel completely parts of the itinerary. Therefore we reserve the right to make changes after we have entered into this contract.

Although your confirmation and subsequent invoices may show the latest flight timings, these are subject to change at the will of the airline. We will inform you of any flight changes at the earliest opportunity. We do not take any responsibility for flight changes outside our control.

We reserve the right to increase our prices at any time, if costs rise due to unforeseen events such as government action, or if fuel costs increase or other unexpected price rises occur of which we were unaware at the time of booking. Any increase in price will be limited to the net cost to Colouricious Ltd.

In the event you wish to cancel your holiday you must inform Colouricious Ltd in writing immediately. Cancellation periods are calculated from the date Colouricious Ltd receive your written notification.

Cancellation Charges
10 weeks or more – 40% of total holiday cost
6 – 10 weeks – 60% of total holiday cost
Less than 6 weeks – 100% of total holiday cost

It is a requirement that all clients have suitable travel insurance.

Colouricious Ltd will not be responsible for any visa or other immigration matter

Your Financial Protection
When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.”

“We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).”

“If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those
Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.”

Colouricious Ltd
Colouricious will always strive to act in the best interest of the client to ensure the best holiday experience possible. It is essential that any complaints and or problems are notified to us at the time so that the matter may be addressed at the earliest opportunity.