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Textile Embroidery Tour Gujarat West India

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10th – 24th October 2018
We are in the process of getting this holiday confirmed. If you would like to join us on this trip then please click on this link to register an interest for the Gujarat embroidery holiday 

Our guests so love the quality of our Colouricious textile holidays, that as soon as they have finished one holiday, they book the next!

This embroidery holiday will be hosted by Jamie Malden who will escort you during your entire holiday which has a focus on block printing, embroidery (in particular, shisha) and tribal ladies – the group size is restricted to 16 guests due to the remote location of the tour and nature of workshops which will be taught in rural settings. Gautham will be our guide – he is very popular with our guests as he specialises in textiles and he comes from this region so has a unique inside knowledge. 

Indian textile can be rightly termed as a combination of the social structure of India. India is extremely famous for its rich and diverse textile tradition. India gives you the opportunity to feel the rich weave of its textile which showcases India as a land of mystique and wisdom. The western region of India is extremely rich in its culture and traditions that have a very ancient history especially with embroidery and shisha Indian mirrors

Textile tour embroidery  Gujarat  West India
Your Journey
London ~ Ahmedabad ~ Gondal ~ Bhuj ~ Morvi ~ Dasada ~ Patan ~ Ahmedabad

Textile Tour of Gujarat2   

Colouricious are proud to bring you a very special trip for textile and handicraft lovers. Getting off the beaten tourist trail for this exploration of the real and old India, the one rich with traditions and artisans. Gujarat is an area which many years ago attracted migrants from many other places around due to its location. Bringing with them their expertise in block printing, weaving, dyeing and embroidery, this area is the place to visit if you have an interest in witnessing, first hand, how these techniques are still practiced.

During your Colouricious trip you will find that we have packed full a schedule for you of visits to villages and makers, museums and heritage walks. We have found examples of many different types of block printing, shown to you by the expert artisans who have been honing their art for many generations.

Gujarat is considered to be the jewel of western India, missed by many visitors to the continent, the villages and countryside holds the state’s treasures. We have arranged that you will be expertly guided around this vibrant area which is just bursting with producers of the country’s finest textiles.

On our tour you will be experiencing a variety of places, from Gondal a small leafy town to Patan, the ex capital, a dusty town with elaborate wooden houses and famed for its silk texties.

With much of India now becoming westernised you will find here an opportunity to see it how it was before technology. However, this area is very much on the up, with the renewed interest of buying heirloom pieces, appreciation of the hand made and the sustainability of products made with naturally and locally grown plants, Gujarat is the place to go for those who have an interest in history and tradition.

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.

Textiles, Embroidery & Jewellery on Gujarat Indian holiday

Arts & Crafts – ideas and inspiration for your textile holiday



Day 1

  • Arrive Ahmedabad. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
  • Morning is at leisure
  • Lunch will be at your hotel.
  • After Lunch, workshop on Hand block printing and Kalamkari with a community called Wagri.
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Ahmedabad. 

Day 2

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning heritage walk of Old Ahmedabad.
  • Late morning, visit Calico Textile Museum.
  • Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant.
  • Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy independent activities.
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Ahmedabad.

Day 3

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Drive Ahmedabad – village [150 Kms: 3.5 Hrs].
  • Visit village to watch weavers at work and see single Ikat patola saree and another weaving called Tangaleya.
  • Lunch will be arranged at Old Bell Guest House on direct payment basis
  • Later, drive Sayla Village – Gondal [150 Kms: 3 Hrs].
  • Arrive Gondal and visit Naulakha palace (Vintage car collection) transfer to your hotel.
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Gondal. 

Day 4

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Drive Gondal – Jetpur [40 Kms: 1.5 Hrs] and continue drive to Bhuj
  • Visit screen and block printing.
  • Lunch will be on direct payment basis at local restaurant [Vegetarian meals only]
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Bhuj. 

Day 5

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Participate in Ajrakh block printing at village Dhamadka.
  • Light Lunch will be arrange during workshop
  • Visit village to see the weavers weaving shawls and also visit organization called Shrujan.
  • Later drive back to Bhuj and visit house of Mr AA Wazir.
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Bhuj.

Day 6

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Day excursion to Ajrakhpur village [25 Kms: 1 Hr] visit the new LLDC Museum (Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays) then return back to Bhuj
  • Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Bhuj. 

Day 7

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Day excursion to Mandvi [60 Kms: 1.5 Hrs] which is a tie-and-dye centre and visit villages near Mandvi known for picturesque houses called Bhungas and Batik embroidery.
  • Later, drive back to Bhuj.
  • Participate in Batik workshop with a community for handicraft.
  • Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant – Mandavi Beach Resort
  • Stay overnight at Hotel Kutch wilderness camp

Day 8

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Day excursion to Banni Villages [100 Kms: 3 hrs per way]
  • Visit Nirona, Sumrasar, Khavda, Bhirandiyara, Hodka & Dhorado village famous for Rabari, Ahir, Bavalia, Sindhi embroidery etc.
  • Lunch will be organised at Hotel Sham-e-Sarahad at Hodka on direct payment basis
  • Stay overnight at Hotel Kutch wilderness. 

Day 9

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Drive to Dasada [280 Kms: 6 Hrs] enroute visiting village for Ahir embroidery.
  • Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
  • Day is at leisure to enjoy Independent activities.
  • Stay overnight at Hotel Dasada. 

Day 10

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • AM: visit Dasada weavers and other artisans famous for Rabari embroidery.
  • PM: is at leisure to enjoy independent activities.
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Dasada.                                      

Day 11

  • Breakfast is at hotel.
  • Drive Dasada – Patan [80 Kms:2 Hrs]
  • Visit Patan town famous for its Patola silk saris.
  • Later drive Patan – Ahmedabad [130 Kms: 3 Hrs]
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Ahmedabad.

Day 12

  • Breakfast is at hotel.
  • Today, at an appropriate time, you will be transferred to Ahmedabad airport to connect with your flight back home.



Four Point by Sheraton

Opposite Gujarat College,

Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad,

Gujarat 380006

Telephone Number:                                                                     +91- 79 3091 2345


River Side Palace

Palace Road, Gondal, Gujarat

Telephone Number:                                                                   +91-79 2630 2019



GMDC House, Bhuj – Mirjapar Highway,

Kutch, Bhuj, Gujarat 370001

Telephone Number:                                                                       +91-2832 230 166


Kutch Wilderness Camp

Near Rudramata Temple,

Khavda Road, Sarspar, Gujarat 370001

Telephone Number:                                                                         +91-75678 53891


Rann Riders

Dasada 382750, District – Surendranagar,
Gujarat, India
Telephone Number:                                                                     +91- 9925236014

On arrival in Ahmedabad: Company representatives cannot come into the baggage collection area. Having cleared immigration, collected your luggage and passed through customs, please make your way towards the exit of the terminal building where you will see a bank of people waiting for you. Amongst them will be a Colouricious Representative who will be waiting to greet you with a paging board with your name on. Please note that the crowds can be enormous and it is possible that you may not spot our representative, despite their making every effort to be as visible as possible, so please keep an eye out for them – they will be holding up Colouricious board.

You are then transferred to your hotel and assisted with check in.

The Group will be given the immediate occupancy room on arrival
Ahmedabad - Textile Tour of Gujarat

Ahmedabad located on the banks of Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad was once the capital of Gujarat and is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. Also known as Karnavati, Ahmedabad is also an important commercial center of India and is visited by large number of both leisure and business tourists. Ahmedabad is also a major center for textiles and handiwork and has interesting markets and bazaars.

Calico Museum
Calico MuseumThe Calico Museum of Textiles at Ahmedabad, India, is the premier textile museum of the country, and one of the most celebrated institutions of its kind in the world for its distinguished and comprehensive collection of textiles and artifacts. The Calico collection along with those of Sarabhai Foundation’s collection of outstanding Bronzes, Pichhwais, Jain art objects and Indian miniature paintings are housed at the Retreat complex of Sarabhai Foundation in the Shahibag area of the city. Both the Calico Museum and the Sarabhai Foundation have major collections and an extensive programme of publications. The Calico Museum of Textile, only thirty-one years old, is today justly regarded as one among the foremost textile museums in the world and an important Indian institution. Its outstanding collection of Indian fabrics exemplifies handicraft textiles spanning five centuries and attracts large numbers of visitors from the general public, as well as increasing numbers of Indian and international research scholars. Most significant, it has become a major reference area for our surviving handicraftsmen and also for the Indian machine-textile industry.

Mata Ni Pachedi

Mata Ni Pachedi means, “behind the mother goddess”. In the earlier times it was known as temple hangings or back drops from Gujarat. Mata-Ni-Pachedi – a 300 year old craft, originated from Ahmedabad, and Viramgam in Kheda District., Gujarat. Traditionally the Mata-Ni-Pachedi was painted on walls of temples (Mudh of Mata’s). The lower castes, such as those of devipoojak, sweepers, and leather workers were prohibited to enter in the temple. To overcome this problem the craftsman community have started making their own shrines by drawing the paintings of deities on cloth and worshipped it as in temple.

It was done using Kalamkari technique. “Kalam” means pen and “Kari” means working skills. The Mata-Ni-Pachedi was painted and printed textile where firstly the printing was done with bold outline blocks and painting (filling of colour) was done with Kalam. The main characteristic feature of the Pachedi was that in center part there was a figure of Mother goddess and in right and left part other motifs like mythological characters, human figures, musicians, sacrificial animals and flowers were placed. It was always highlighted with bold ornate borders. Traditionally Pachedi always framed with the ornate border in black and red with white as surface colour. Each colour has its own significance e.g. black colour indicates the evil eye, red indicates the colour of earth mother as well as blood which is sacred feature during worshipping mother goddess and white indicate purity. Mata-Ni-Pachedi was made only with two naturally obtained colours, black (jaggery, iron rust and water) and red (alum, alizarin and dhawadi flowers) on white background.


Sayla is situated in Surendranagar district of Gujarat. Sayla produces largest amount
Bandani materials in Gujarat. Visit nearby villages to watch weavers at work and see local beadwork. Later continue to Gondal, known for its beadwork, silver jewellery and brassware and also visit the cottage industries of Gondal to watch spinners, weavers and other artisans at work.


JetpurJetpur is known for its screen and block printing workshops, and a yarn-dyeing centre.   The very air is laden with the smells of dye stuffs spiraling out of large copper vats with translucent layers of colored fabrics drying to the percussion beat of wooden printing blocks. Jetpur is a pleasure for textile enthusiasts who can visit and experience the process of printing and dyeing.



AJRAKHPUR – Participate in Ajrakh block printing workshop

AjrakhThe Ajrakh printing came into Dhamadka from Sindh 400 years ago with the Khatris or artisans who came to the village. Since then it has been practiced widely in this village. Almost everyone in this village participates in creating this highly skilled and beautifully patterned block printing.

The Ajrakh block printing involves tedious, time consuming and lengthy process which includes a lot of procedures to be followed. Water is most essential aspect in the preparation of Ajrakh clothes. The clothes are processed through long thirty steps procedure.  Each step has a special place in the enhancement of colours and shades. It is said that the longer the artisan waits before starting of each step in the process the better the designs would be. Once the clothes are ready, they have to again undergo 14 to 16 steps of printing and dyeing. Each artisan follows his own technique and process. Only natural dyes are used in Ajrakh printing, they are made using age old techniques which are practiced and perfected over many centuries.

As with every art, Ajrakh printing is also associated with the location and its people. This is considered to be one of the oldest printing method and also the most complex and sophisticated methods used in India.  After the devastating earth quake in the year 2001, many artisans from the village have relocated to Dhamadka and Ajrakhpur.  This tragedy brought the khatris or artisans to closer to each other for rebuilding their lives. Now, Khatris live and create Ajrakh art living in both the villages.

Banni VillageSome of the important embroidery work is known as Rabari embroidery, Ahir embroidery, Bavalia embroidery or’Kutchi Bharat’, Sindhi embroidery, Aari work, Soof embroidery also known as ‘Sodha Bharat’, Mutva embroidery in Banni (Dhorodo village) is famous for Gotam stick or Sindhi Kadai. In Banni area the embroidery work is also done on leather shoes or ‘Mojdi’, purses bags, belts, wallets etc. Hodko village in Banni is famous for Meghwal embroidery and leather work.

Nirona Village: Rogan Painting is the art we can see here and it is probably that there are very few familys left who do this rare art, very intricate painting of fabric using castor oil and mixed with pigments, it looks more like embroider from far than painting.

Bhirandiyara: famous for Bungas with interior and exterior designs. It is Meghwal Embroidery, Meghwal is the name of the community living in Bhirandiyara village, wooden Carving.

Dhordo Village: famous for Mutva Embroidery, Quilt

Khavda Village: Painting on Potery

Mandvi is famous for tie-and-dye centre, Visit villages near Mandvi known for their picturesque houses called bhungas.

Workshop on Batik printing by an NGO

Batik Printing:

BatikBatik is an ancient art which uses wax and dyes to create a visual magic on fabrics. It is believed that the term is a derivation from the word `Ambatik’ which when translated literally stands for a piece of cloth with small dots or writing with wax or drawing in broken lines. It is an art appreciated all over the world. A Batik creation involves 3 basic steps – waxing, dyeing, and scraping (removing). Overall the process is one where firstly the wax is used for creating designs on certain pre-defined areas on the fabric. Patterns are drawn with pencil and later redrawn using hot wax, usually made from a mixture of paraffin or bees wax, sometimes mixed with plant resins, which functions as a dye-resist. After the cloth is dry, the resist is removed by scraping or boiling the cloth. The areas treated with resist keep their original color; when the resist is removed the contrast between the dyed and undyed areas forms the pattern. This process is repeated as many times as the number of colors desired.


Evening visit Faiz Handicrafts and witness the workers engage in Tie & Dye process. Workshop on Tie & Dye with an artisan who is very famous and has also designed dress for Miss universe Susmita sen and for many more famous personalities his names is also see in many books pertaining to Tie and dye work and has visited Japan to display his work.


Dasada is known for its Vadiara Rabari and Bharwad embroidery. Also, visit weavers and other artisans.

Rabari Embroidery

Rabari 2Rabari embroidery is unique to the nomadic Rabaris. Essential to Rabari embroidery is the use of mirrors in a variety of shapes. Rabaris outline patterns in chain stitch, then decorate them with a regular sequence of mirrors and accent stitches, in a regular sequence of colors. Rabaris also use decorative back stitching, called bakhiya, to decorate the seams of women’s blouses and men’s kediya/ jackets. The style, like Rabaris, is ever evolving, and in abstract motifs Rabari women depict their changing world. Contemporary bold mirrored stitching nearly replaced a repertoire of delicate stitches –which Kala Raksha revived. (for more information on Rabari embroidery see Frater, Judy, Threads of Identity: Embroidery and Adornment of the Nomadic Rabaris, Ahmedabad: Mapin, 1995.)



Patan is home of the famous patola silk saris, Patan is known for Patola Silk Weaving, a rare double-ikat weaving technique. Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Ranikivav (step well) is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. The exisquisitely carved side walls, pillars, beams, series of steps & platforms lead to the elaborately carved water well. Every surface is adorned with finelly chiseled sculptures of maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns. Rani ki Vav represents the finest of the Indian sculptures and architecture.

After visiting weaving centres in Patan the group will do the lunch with one of the Patan Patola family in the new Patola House Museum and then we can also show the group mushroom weaving in Patan and Paper Cutting art.

The costings for this wonderful Gujarat holiday are

£3,350 twin share room with flight
£3,700 private room with flight
£2,700 twin room without flight
£3,100 private room without flight

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Terms & Conditions

The cost Includes:-

  • 12 Nights’ accommodation on twin / single occupancy basis at the hotels mentioned above
  • Meal Plan as stated above [HB: Bed, Breakfast and Dinner, FB: Bed, Breakfast and Dinner]
  • Half day visit to Calico Museum
  • Heritage walk of Old Ahmedabad
  • Workshop on Hand block printing and Kalamkari with a community called Wagri
  • Visit Sayla village to watch weavers at work and see local beadwork, single Ikat patola saree and another weaving called Tangaleya.
  • Visit screen and block printing workshops and yarn dyeing centre and Naulakha Palace
  • Workshop on Ajrakh block printing and visit to house of Mr AA Wazir at Ajrakhpur village
  • Visit to Banni villages – Nirona/ Sumrasar/ Khavda/ Bhirandiyara/ Hodka & Dhorado village
  • Day excursion to Mandvi witness Tie-and-Dye centre.
  • Visit Dhaneti village to witness Ahir embroidery
  • Witness Rabari & Bharwad Embroidery in Dasada
  • Visit Patan and witness Patola Saree weaving
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions will be by an air-conditioned vehicle as below
  • Air conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees to the monuments as per the itinerary, road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes and porterage at all railway stations/ airports
  • 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 3.09% applicable on total invoice amount

The cost 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
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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

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