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Mixed media Indian textile holiday with Angie Hughes

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On this Indian mixed media textile art holiday, you be will exploring Indian fabric block printing & designs techniques. During your 10-day holiday, you will be visiting various sites in Jaipur and also take part in a 3-day workshop with textile artist Angie Hughes. She will be teaching the most stunning mixed media block printing with hand embroidery. If you already know Angie Hughes, then you will appreciate how much you will learn. If you love embroidery, fabric design, block printing and mixed media, then you will cherish this course.

This trip starts and ends at Heathrow airport, on Friday 3rd April and Sunday 12th April, respectively.  We will be travelling to Jaipur and staying at the Megh Niwas Hotel. This is a small family run heritage hotel, where the owners particularly pride themselves on their homegrown organic produce, which they use to produce some excellent cuisine. The standards of hygiene and cleanliness are excellent.

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Jaipur is located in Rajastan, nicknamed the land of colours due to its ancient textile history and art heritage. There are people, patterns and embroidery everywhere. We will be visiting carpenter and block printing workshops, showing off traditional authentic carving and hand block printing factories, embroidery and dyeing villages in remote areas – all embedded in the history of Indian textiles. We will also be visiting some historical destinations such as The Monkey Palace, Red Fort Palace and the Pink City Markets. Busy but wonderful days learning and seeing another world of textiles.

There will be plenty of fabric retail therapy, with oodles of textiles for you to loose yourself in. We will be visiting shops like Soma and Anokhi that sell the most gorgeous clothes and homeware. If you are looking for something specific, please let us know before and we will do all that we can to source that item or arrange that plan for you.

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After 6 days of exploration, there will be 3 days mixed media workshop with famous British textile artist, Angie Hughes. Her artwork is inspired by many themes but especially poetry or text and the natural world, particularly plant forms. From drawings and photography Angie has developed her visual ideas through embroidery inventing simplified botanical forms. This recent work has seen her explore discharged and painted velvets, use heat transferred foils and layered organza which becomes intensely machine embroidered. Her theme for the creative textiles workshop will be derelict gardens – so if you love flowers, gardens, India, stitching and mixed media, you will adore this course and textile holiday!

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If you are interested in this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us, either by visiting our website or commenting below.

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Unearth the Roots of Indian Block Printing

On this textile holiday, you be will exploring the block printing story – its history and evolution into contemporary Indian hand fabric printing & designs techniques.  This holiday will have a main focus on the block printing and textiles industry.

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Our journey together will start at Heathrow airport and we will be travelling to Jaipur in the Rajasthan region of India – the land of colours. It is one of the most beautiful states of India due to the ancient history and art heritage. There are people, patterns and embroidery everywhere! We will be visiting carpenter and block printing workshops, showing off traditional authentic carving and hand block printing factories, embroidery and dyeing villages in remote areas – all embedded in the history of Indian textiles. Busy but wonderful days learning and seeing another world of textiles.

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Our group will be staying in the city of Jaipur, the capital of the textile industry of India at the Megh Niwas Hotel. This is a small family run heritage hotel, where the owners particularly pride themselves on their homegrown organic produce, which they use to produce some excellent cuisine. The standards of hygiene and cleanliness are excellent. From here we will be taking textile-themed day trips to numerous locations including an authentic hand block printing fabric workshop, visits to the block printing carpenters, and indigo dying in Bagru. We will also be visiting some historical destinations such as The Monkey Palace, Red Fort Palace and the Pink City Markets.

There will be plenty of fabric retail therapy, with oodles of textiles for you to loose yourself in. We will be visiting shops like Soma and Anokhi which sell the most gorgeous clothes and homeware. If you are looking for something specific, please let us know before and we will do all that we can to source that item or arrange that plan for you.

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If this holiday tickles your textile fancy, please do not hesitate to visit out website or contact us below.

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Come discover the marvels of Rajasthan, India

 Delhi– MandawaBikaner– JaisalmerJodhpurPushkar Camel Fair

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After a long day of travelling, the only agenda on day 1 is to have a tasty dinner and a good night sleep in Delhi. The real fun starts on day 2. We will be visiting many of the old historical sites including Jama Masjid- the principle mosque of Delhi- dining at an open-aired food market Dilli Haat and wandering around Lutyen’s Delhi marveling at the cloth markets and the architecture. The next day takes us on a 4-hour bus ride to Mandawa where we will stay for 2 nights. Here we will go on a tour of the beautiful and lavishly painted havelies (mansion) around the town, such as the Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, which is known for its painting illustrating Indra Dev on an elephant and Lord Shiva on his Nandi bull.

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On day 5 we will travel from Mandawa to Bikaner, which is famous for, among other things, its sweets snacks known locally as namkeens. In the itinerary is a visit to the Jungarah fort  – built by Raja Rai Singh between 1571 and 1612 and thought to be one of the most beautiful forts in Rajasthan – and to camel breeding farm. The next day is one of the most exciting – a tie dye workshop and a visit to a local market. We will be shown and then be able to make some of our own Bandhani. This ancient technique involves tightly tying thread at several points on a sheet of fabric when it is dyed, forming a varity of patterns

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Most of the next day will be taken up by the journey from Bikaner to Jaisalmer. However on the eve of our arrival we shall visit Gadisar Lake, a magical place to watch the sunset.  Jaisalmer is nicknamed ‘The Golden City’ because of the yellow sands and sandstone used in its architecture, giving the whole city a yellow-gold hue. Here is where we will visit the artisans who make beautiful Rajasthani puppets.

The next destination is Jodhpur  – a busy and bustling metropolis built around centuries-old forts, palaces and temples. One of the most impressive is Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1459 and situated 400ft about the city. The Jaswant Thada is also very impressive. Maharaja Sardar Singh built this completely white marble building in 1899 as a memorial of his father. On the 10th day we will make a trip to see rug makers in the local villages.

camel-pushkarcamelfair-india-rajasthanPushkar Camel Festival is an annual 5-day camel and livestock fair held in Pushkar. Thousands of people, tourists and locals alike, gather around the banks of the lake to witness the trade of more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle, and all the other surrounding activities such as moustache competitions, camel dancing and traditional rural sports. This is the last stop on our textile tour of Rajasthan before we return to Delhi via train.

All in all, this trip reveals some of Rajasthan’s most exciting secrets, from its unique architecture, to the ancient textile techniques. Colouricious are running this tour from 26th October to the 6th November. If you are not available on these dates, please look at our other textile tours to see if any of those take your fancy. If you are interested in this holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us below, or to visit our website.

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Fabric paint for block printing

Printing on fabric

Are you still searching for the perfect fabric paint for block printing on fabric? Colouricious is a British craft supplier of fabric paint among other block printing craft supplies. Unlike hobby craft quality paints, this is a professional grade product suitable for all mediums of creative textile arts, quilting and paper craft projects. These paints are heat fixable simply by ironing the fabric as hot as it will bare for a minute or two, or by tumble-drying.

Colouricious fabric paint

Colouricious offers a range of stunning colours for printing on fabric and other textile crafts. Colouricious provide 4 different sets of fabric paints depending on the mood of your project.

fabric-textile-paintsThe delicious fabric painset contains white, black, parma violet, bengali rose, golden yellow and turquoise fabric paint.

 

 

 

 

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This scrumptious fabric paint  set contains light hues of orchid, baby pink and baby blue with darker hues of bright green, duck blue and fluorescent red.

 

 

 

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The metallic fabric paint set   contains gold, silver and copper as the lighter bit of bling, with the stronger colours being blue, red and violet

 

 

 

 

Fabric paints for block printing
Fabric paints for block printing

This rainbow fabric paint set includes black and white as well as the 3 primary colours blue, red and yellow which can be mixed to make all the colours of the rainbow.

 

 

 

Each set contains 6 x 60ml bottles of fabric paint, a foam mat and 5 sponges displayed in an coloured A5 box to help you begin your block printing experience.

Inspiration for Block Printing on Fabric

If you are in need of some ideas for your block printing, or designing and printing on fabric, have a look at our Colouricious inspiration gallery for different arts and crafts ideas. There are so many ways to adapt block printing to suit your creative ideals. There is a varied and vast range of wooden printing blocks in our Colouricious shop. Alternatively, go to our youtube channel to learn block printing on fabric with fabric paints.

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Explore the wonders of Pushkar Camel Fair – Rajasthan, India

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Kartik Poornima of the Hindu calendar is the day on which, according to legend, the Hindu God Brahma rose from Pushkar Lake.  Many people now swim in this lake, however this event known for another reason – the Pushkar Camel Fair. Determined by the moons, this festival occurs sometime in November or December.

Pushkar Camel Festival is an annual 5-day camel and livestock fair held in Pushkar. Thousands of people, tourists and locals alike, gather around the banks of the lake to witness the trade of more than 11,000 camels, horses and cattle.  Also known as Pushkar ka Mela, Rajasthan’s largest festival draws in over 400,000 over a period of 14 days. Most of the trading is completed in the week before Kartik Poornima with 5 days after dedicated towards festivities.

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There’s so much to see at Pushkar Camel Fair other than trading, most of which take place at the Mela (Indian word for fair) ground. This includes camel dancing, traditional rural sports, moustache and turban competitions, Ferris wheel and cricket matches – Indians versus visitors. Women create beautiful, colorful traditional wall paintings in mandana competitions, or sell and shop all the stalls full of textiles, clothes, jewelry and fabrics. Spiritual evens are also included into this religious festival, such as Deep Dan, where candles are floated onto the lake.

This year Pushkar Camel Festival runs from the 26th October to the 6th November, which also happen to be the dates of Colouricious textile trip to Rajasthan, India. The fair will feature at the end of the trip, allowing 2 evenings and a day to explore the colour  and witness the spectacle of one of the last great traditional melas. We will also be discovering the wonders of Old and New Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur.

If you would like to find out more about this trip please do not hesitate to contact us below or visit our website.

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