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Mojari Shoes | Indian Textiles | Textile Holidays

Mojari Shoes

Mojari shoes are named after the traditional decorated shoes of Rajasthan, Mojari is a market that helps rural leatherworkers, traditionally among the poorest members of society. A wide variety of footwear is available, showcasing some of the best of textiles of India, including embroidered, appliquéd and open-toed shoes, mules and sandals. There’s especially a wide variety of choice for women, plus a small selection of handmade leather bags and purses.


The V&A are doing a fabulous display of the fabric of India for a limited time from 3/10/15 – 10/1/16 showcasing the best of Indian textiles.

Everyone who is interested in textile design and the fabric of India have to come on our Colouricious textile holiday to Jaipur.

We also offer several other Colouricious textile tours and holidays to India.

Add Organza to your projects

Add Organza to your projects


Organza is a thin sheer fabric that can give a touch of elegance to your crafting projects. It is a wonderful fabric to use in applique as it gives a beautiful finishing touch. We have an excellent video you can watch which shows our good friend Kim Thittichai using polyester organza to design her fabrics. You see it by clicking on the video below.

Organza Video

Have a go at designing your own fabric, it is a wonderful thing to do and great fun as well.


Lots of new holidays to choose from


We are really busy organising lots of new holidays for 2016 and 2017. We will be going through each of the holidays in more detail in future newsletters, but if you want to see all of the destinations then take a look at the holiday page of our website. The itineraries are being uploaded this week and the booking form will be updated shortly so you can reserve your place. Please do not try and book any of the 2016 trips yet, as we have not yet done the booking forms. We have a few last places on the Rajasthan Tour in November and the Block Printing in Jaipur.
We are going to be visiting new countries as well as new places and regions within India and we are very excited about the new holidays we are offering and would love for you to join us.


Latest Arrivals


We have just taken delivery of lots of new blocks ready for the autumn/winter seasons and holidays. If you want to take a look at all of the new arrivals, then take a look at our website and you will see them all in our Latest Arrivals section.

Patchwork – A beautiful way to make a quilt

It is cool to be square!


Patchwork is a crafting technique that involves the sewing together of smaller pieces of fabric to make a larger design. It is often used to make quilts with the squares making a lovely pattern.

Our blocks are perfect for making patchwork designs, and if you dye your fabrics beforehand you will be able to create some beautiful unique squares. We have an excellent video showing how you can use our blocks to make a lovely patchwork quilt.

patchwork quilt video

We also have loads of different pictures of patchwork quilts we have made so why not take a look at them and we hope they give you some inspiration.



Be an Early Bird and catch these beauties. If you love birds, this is the block printing set for you! Click here to see some ideas of what you can design.


Let’s go on a Treasure Hunt
Come with us to Northern India


This is a wonderful, luxury tour of Northern India taking in some amazing sites and places. It is a 15 day trip which starts in Delhi before moving on to Jaipur, Agra, where we will visit the stunning Taj Mahal before moving on the Lucknow and Varanasi before returning to Delhi and then home.

This is a special holiday and one really not to be missed. In addition to the well known places we will be visiting, we will also be taking in lots of other beautiful Villages, Gardens and even Palaces in these 15 days. We have called this trip a Treasure Hunt, but in truth you wont have to search very hard to find the treasures as they will just appear in front of you fay after day.

If this textile holiday is of interest to you then the full itinerary is on our website along with the link to our online booking form. We would love for you to join us.


Latest Arrivals
New printing techniques in our shop.


We have been adding to the stock we have in our shop and have found these lovely Moulding Mats. These rubber mats will enable you to put some super background patterns onto the fabrics you use for crafting which will be perfect to enhance the designs you create.

You can see all of the moulding mats we have as well as all of our other new items in the Latest Arrivals section of our website.


New styles of stencils


We have sourced some lovely new stencil designs for you including this lovely Americana Finch. Use the smallest amount of paint when you use these stencils as a little really does go a long way and it will also prolong the life of the stencil if you use a smaller amount of paint.

Check out all the stencils we have available here.


Next Quilt Show
Alexandra Palace London UK in October

Knitting Stitching Show

Colouricious has a stand at the London Knitting & Stitching show at Alexandra Palace in October and would love to see any of you that can make it there. I will be demonstrating some new creative fabric backgrounds for block printing, so come and be inspired. The Colouricious stand is Stand G32 and the show runs for 5 days from Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th October.

Places to visit in Vietnam

Places to visit in Vietnam

The Cu Chi Tunnels were built in order to combat better-supplied American and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War, Communist guerrilla troops dug tens thousands of miles of tunnels, including an elaborate network running underneath the Cu Chi district northwest of Saigon. Soldiers used these underground routes to house troops and supplies, lay booby traps and mount surprise attacks, after which they could disappear underground to safety. To combat these guerrilla tactics, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces trained soldiers as “tunnel rats” to navigate the tunnels while detecting booby traps and enemy troop presence. Now part of a Vietnam War memorial park in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the Cu Chi tunnels are a very popular tourist attraction.

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In all, at least 45,000 Vietnamese men and women are said to have died defending the Cu Chi tunnels over the course of the Vietnam War. The Vietnamese government preserved the Cu Chi tunnels and included them in a network of war memorial parks around the country.


Learn more about the history of the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Learn more about our Colouricious textile holiday to Vietnam.

Colouricious hosts many different wonderful textile holidays – check out Colouricious textile holidays.

Mahabalipuram Tour Package

Mahabalipuram Tour Package


On our Colouricious textile tour to Southern India, take you on a Mahabalipuram tour, including a guide of the Shore Temple.

The Shore Temple was built in 700–728 AD. It got its name because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a temple built with blocks of granite. At the time of its creation, the village was a busy port. It is one of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples of South India. It is situated in Mahabalipuram, Southern India.

The Shore Temple on a map

Our Mahabalipuram tour package means you will be able to visit the amazing Shore temple and Bas relief carvings. We also take you to a number of other locations in southern India, showing you an amazing array of textile printing and production techniques.

Our Mahabalipuram tour package adds even more excitement to our Colouricious Southern India Textile tour and will introduce you to another aspect of Indian culture and design.

Learn more about the Shore Temple.

You will love our Colouricious textile tour to Southern India to come on our Mahabalipuram tour! Everyone who loves textile art will love this tour!

Have a look at our other textile tours, perfect for everyone who is in love with arts and crafts!

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