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Recycle and Reuse

Recycle and Reuse
Getting the most out of all your old scrappy fabrics

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We generally think of recycling as being a new idea and strategy for crafting, but in fact recycling has been a common practice for most of human history, with recorded advocates as far back as Plato in 400 BC. During periods when resources were scarce, archaeological studies of ancient waste dumps show less household waste (such as ash, broken tools and pottery) implying more waste was being recycled in the absence of new material.

Back to the modern day, Colouricious has loads of ideas on how to recycle your old fabrics and materials to make something new and exciting. Take a look at the Recycling page of our website to see some super videos to give you some ideas.

Recycle Video

If watching the videos has given you a few ideas about how to recycle materials, then you may want to take a look at our Recycled Reborn DVD which is full of ideas of how to get the most out of old items that you would have previously just thrown away.

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Automatic Discounts
The very best deals available

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We are always trying to set up the very best deals for our Colouricious Club members, so from the start of this month we have introduced some automatic discounts that you will be given if your order reaches a certain value. We have kept the free postage anywhere in the world in place but now there needs to be 4 products in the basket to qualify. However, on top of this, you will get a percentage saving on your order if you spend certain amounts of money. These are fantastic deals and we hope you like them all.

Please note you cannot use any other discount codes with these offers as they will negate the automatic discount you will be entitled to. Basically, you can only have this coding from now on, not mix two !


Come with us to India
Join us on a trip of a lifetime

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I love going on our textile holidays to India and Vietnam, but I also enjoy getting home which is when I start to receive the emails and letters from the crafters who joined us telling me how much they enjoyed themselves. They all have their own reason for booking the trip but they always remind me how much they love the sights and sounds and the experiences that got to see and enjoy.

One happy husband – Peter

” Dear Jamie, I should just like to thank you for making Lesleys’ trip to Jaipur so memorable. She was a little nervous before she set off, going that far away from home, but your arrangements and organisation were excellent. I understand that the itinerary was varied and very enjoyable and she just loved the Tuk-Tuk experience when traveling around. Coming home with so much fabric and unique printing stamps etc, took a long time to unpack, with a full explanation of each given to me as it came out of her case! I just know that she will want to repeat the trip someday! With many thanks again “

We have a number of people who have been with us on many different trips, but the majority of the people have taken the plunge and booked to go on their first trip. If you have never been with us before or on any type of textile or crafting holiday then I would encourage you to make the decision and give it a go, I just know you will not be disappointed.

Watch this video to meet some of our wonderful guests …

Holiday Video


Latest Arrivals

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We have some beautiful woodland block sets in the Latest Arrivals section of our website. They have a lovely mixture of birds and leaves and will be delightful to highlight and give accent to any crafting project.

You can see all of our Latest Arrivals here and if you like this lovely set it is called Woodland Plumage and you can purchase it here.

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Learn, Create, Be Happy!

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Jamie Malden
Colouricious
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Fabric Design – Dabu

Fabric Design

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On our Colouricious textile holiday to India you will see some amazing fabric design, produced through a number of different ways, all using block printing. One of the most interesting fabric design techniques is Dabu printing.

Dabu printing is a method of fabric design using block printing and mud.This method of fabric design ensures the fabric has a magnificent quality and appearance. The process of uses lots of natural dyes and vegetable pastes, and is done entirely manually, which means it can be very hard work. However this hard work seems to pay off, since the finished product is beautifully vibrant, with amazing prints!

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Dabu printing is a method of block printing, and you will be able to see Dabu printing first hand on our Colouricious block printing holiday to Jaipur, India. You will also see some of the block prints being made by hand – some of which can be found on the Colouricious shop! This is an incredible experience, essential for you if you love fabric design, block printing or arts and crafts! As well as block printing you will be able to see several other methods first hand.

You should take a look at the Colouricious block printing textile holiday to Jaipur, ideal for any who loves fabric design! You’ll be able to see the whole process of fabric design and block printing first hand.

Why not take a look at the wide range of printing blocks available at our Colouricious shop? Here you can not only browse our fabulous collection of wooden printing blocks, but learn how to use them with your fabric printing!

Take a look at our other Colouricious textile tours. They will be equally as amazing for any fabric design enthusiast, we offer so many destinations – from the Golden Triangle in India to a trip through Vietnam, or even Houston, Texas in the USA!

Textile Workshop India

Textile Workshop

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Come on our Colouricious textile holidays! You will be fully escorted through India while taking part in a range of textile workshop. These holidays are ideal for anyone who loves arts and crafts or textile printing. On a textile workshop you will see fabulous product made first hand, which can be a wonder for anyone who loves textile arts! You can see embroidery, block printing or even Dabu printing! We take you to Jaipur an area full of amazing textile arts, with intricate printing, and vibrant colours! After your textile block printing workshop you will even be able to purchase the hand crafted fabrics. A textile workshop is one of the best ways to spend your time in Jaipur!

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Have a look at the Colouricious block printing holiday – where you will be able to experience a textile workshop!

There is a wide range of other Colouricious textile tours ready and waiting for you.

Have a look at the large Colouricious block printing range for everyone who loves textile arts. You will love it!

Fabric Printing Techniques

Fabric Printing Techniques

On our Colouricious block printing holiday you will be able to learn from the many different fabric printing techniques you will get to see. This trip is perfect for every fan of block printing since you will be able to see such a large range of fabric printing techniques. From block printing to Dabu printing, this holiday is amazing. The vibrant colours and fabulously detailed designs of the fabric printing will have you so inspired, so that when you get home you too will be able to try out these fabric printing techniques! The fabric printing industry in India is so exciting and you will get to witness such an interesting part of it on our Colouricious block printing holiday to India this December. You will be personally escorted to many fabric printing workshops and be able to learn and understand a wide range of new fabric techniques.

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You will find the Colouricious block printing holiday perfect if you love arts and crafts!

Take a look at some of our other Colouricious textile holidays available.

You can find some amazingly designed Colouricious block prints in our shop.

Rajasthan – Pushkar Camel Fair – India Travel

Rajasthan – The Pushkar Camel Fair – India Travel

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The Pushkar Camel Fair is an annual five-day camel fair held in the town of Pushkar on the banks of the Pushkar Lake in the state of Rajasthan, India, where we will be visiting on our Colouricious textile holidays! The sand dunes will be teeming with camels (many dressed very elaborately) as far as the eyes can see while the population of Pushkar swells to over 200,000 people, with an inflow of pilgrims, camel traders, and tourists. It’s a fascinating but very strange sight, nevertheless a great opportunity to witness an old traditional style Indian festival.   It is one of the world’s largest camel fairs. Competitions such as the “matka phod“, “longest moustache”, and “bridal competition” are the main draws for this fair, which attracts thousands of tourists.

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Men buy and sell their livestock, which includes camels, cows, sheep and goats. The women go to the stalls, full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow. 

Pilgrims come to this festival to bathe in the holy waters of Pushkar’s lake and be rid of their sins. The two days around the full moon are considered to be the most important time of the year for bathing in the lake. Those who bathe on the day of the full moon are said to receive special blessings.

The highlight is definitely the camel races, although the comical beauty contests featuring elaborately decorated and shaved camels are also fun. There’s temple dancing, folk and classical music, and arts an crafts bazaar as well, something for everyone, and never leaving you bored!

Come on our Colouricious textile holiday to Rajasthan to experience and explore this exciting and unique event!

Explore our other available Colouricious textile holidays.

Learn more about the Pushkar Camel Fair.


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