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Explore Ancient Persia – New Holiday 2020 | Jamie Malden

Explore Ancient Persia – New Holiday 2020 | Jamie Malden

Explore Ancient Persia with Colouricious Holidays in October 2020

Some of the beautiful sights in store for you on this Persian excursion:

Persia. Home to so many beautiful pieces of architecture and historic legacies. Colouricious Holidays has just released a new and exciting holiday for those of you interested in the historically jaw-dropping place! Here’s some of what can be explored:

Abbasi House is large and historically pleasing located in a central district of Kashan. It has been partly remade into a beautiful tearoom, shop and restaurant. It took nearly 20 years to build and the architecture is immaculate. With hidden passages, beautiful private rooms, halls and courtyard water pools, there is a lot of beauty to be seen!

Chehel Sotun is pleasure pavilion built within a large park. One of the wonders of this Persian architecture is the reflection of the pool giving an illusion of a nearly doubled size establishment. Amazing!

Sio-she-pol crosses the Zayandehrud River. Built between 1599 and 1602 the Bridge is still stunning today. The bridge is thought of as best to see at sunset due to the lamps that illuminate the structure.This is a sight you won’t want to miss!

Khaju Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in Iran. It illuminates at night so you can have a beautiful walk by the light and bridge side. Amazing paintings and tiles decorate the bridge so you can get inspiration from these amazing pieces. You can also enjoy some food at the local restaurants like Hermes Cafe Restaurant which offers a warm and cosy atmosphere.

Nasir ol Molk Mosque is a whirlwind of colours! You can see the beauty first hand created by the tiles and illuminated by the natural light of the outside. A space where light and worship combine. You get the best view of this at sunrise. Ultimately, this is a must see with links to Islamic art, architecture, tile making, geometry, patterns and much more.

Ancient Persia is perfect for you if you’re looking to see some truly remarkable architecture, landcapes and enjoy a fun-packed, inspiring holiday. With lots of great cafes, art and scenery what could be better? Jamie with the help of her tour guide will also give you lots of lovely historic information behind the incredible sights. Plus, the art itself is bound to blow you away! The natural beauty is endless!

If you’re interested in this stunning Persian getaway click here! 

 

Embellishing | Dry Needle Felting – Learn How To

Embellishing workshop with Myfanwy Hart – Learn for yourself!

Embellishing is something fun and unique to each person. You can pick your own favourite colour yarn and co-ordination of colours to work well with the chosen felt as well. In this how to, Myfanwy Hart shows us a simple step-by-step guide on embellishing.

Taking the felt, you can choose your yarn and create a meshed-together surface. Getting more in tune with the machine is the first step. Improving your relationship with the sewing machine makes the embellishing process a lot smoother. With confidence comes great creativity!

Basic straight laid yarns is the foundation needed in order to progress your skills. The straight yarns look great too! Using colour and angles you can really bring it to life!

There are different types of yarn to use but in this example, Myfanwy is using pink wool. Always start in the middle as it’s easiest. When starting, be slow and consistent. This helps your yarned felt come out as you want it to best.

What can you do with this skill? As seen in the video, you can create funky covers for notebooks, sheets to decorate your home, clothes and much more. Jamie goes on to show how she turned a finished felt piece into a decorative addition to an old scarf. Amazing!

The more you work on the piece the more integrated and stronger it becomes!

Watch some more of our videos here!

To look at our range of activities press here

Talking Threads – Follow Textile Artists | Craft Television

Colouricious Holidays teamed up with the Country Channel to inspire a new meaning and love for threads, crafts and textiles with this 10-part series!

‘that’s where the excitement comes, you never ever know where it’s going to go. What it’s going to do’ Following the crafts and textile arts is part of the fun. Including many new styles and looks it really becomes a unique piece of art individual to each person and their individual taste!

‘the thing that keeps it very fresh for me is that no two pieces are alike’. With each piece of fabric being entirely unique, you, the artist, can take inspiration from new pieces. You can also look at art and fabric books for inspiration. Then onto creating your own version of each piece!

In this Craft TV special, ‘Talking thread’s follows the delights of textile art. By keeping up with renowned textile artists who have given up their time, we are delighted to learn alongside them how they work and what inspires them!Each episode features a renowned artist with demonstrations, interviews and an exclusive look into their portfolios. Experience fantastic textile workshops from the comfort of your own home!

This series is for creative people with an excited mind for art and craft. Threads are an integral part of textile arts. They also include quilting and silk painting. So there’s something there for every artistic mind!

To look at our range of activities press here

 

 

Hotels in Jaipur the Alsisar Haveli

Hotels Jaipur

Block Printing with Colouricious Holidays

Come on a wonderful block printing holiday to Jaipur. 

If you love arts and crafts, then you will I am sure, love to learn how to block print your own fabric. The art of block printing is an ancient Indian form of fabric printing using hand carved Indian wooden printing blocks. Block printed fabric has been produced in Jaipur for hundreds of years and is still very much a wonderful technique for fabric printing. Colouricious Holidays specialise in teaching their guests how to block print and we love to stay in wonderful hotels to make the whole holiday experience really wonderful. One of our absolute favourite hotels is called the Alisisar Hotel, which is actually a haveli. Haveli means a house built in a quadrant with a courtyard in the middle. This haveli belongs to a family who have 3 palaces and this particular haveli is their town house which they have converted into a gorgeous hotel. Have a little walk around this haveli to see how beautiful the accommodation is…

Hotels in Jaipur – Colouricious Block printing holiday

As you can imagine, it gets quite hot in India, so our guests really enjoyed the magnificent swimming pool at this haveli. The building is cream in colour and retains many of the original features that were enjoyed by their predecessors. Obviously the pool is new but really adds a special attraction to this hotel. Not only is the building beautiful but must say how lovely the staff are too. The food is truly delicious and luckily is made for the western market, i.e. not too spicy.

During the day our guests are off learning how to block print in authentic factories, with real printers using wooden printing blocks and at the end of a busy day, what a treat to come back to the Alsisar Haveli – one of our favourite hotels in Jaipur.

Come on a Colouricious Holiday and stay here with us!

 

Discover more about this wonderful block printing holiday to Jaipur.

Jaipur – What to do in Jaipur

We have come to the end of our series of emails about the wonders and beauties of Jaipur and we thought we would finish it off with a more general overview of the city, what to see and what to do when you go and visit.

It would be impossible to do a city like Jaipur justice in one email when it comes to suggesting places to visit and things to do, but we will pick out just a few of the things that Jaipur is famous for and hopefully that will interest you enough to explore further and then book a trip with us to see it all in person.

Places to visit
Jaipur City Palace

The City Palace is a splendid example of the foresight that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had. As the founder of Jaipur, he took pains to create a magnificent walled city that encloses marvels such as the City Palace. The palace is a beautiful blend of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. The previous royal family continues to reside in one section of the palace. Located within the walls of the City Palace, Chandra Mahal is a seven-storeyed tower. However, the ground and first floors have now been given over for the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum.

Hawa Mahal

The Palace of Winds was constructed in 1799 by the poet-king Sawai Pratap Singh. The five-storied structure is made of pink sandstone and has 356 intricately carved jharokhas (windows). It was designed for the women of the royal family to sit in privacy while observing life on the street.

Jaigarh Fort

Of the three hilltop forts that overlook the city of Jaipur, Jaigarh is perhaps the most magnificent of them all. About 15 kilometres from Jaipur, it was built by Sawai Jai Singh II sometime in the early 18th century amidst the arid, rocky and thorn-scrub covered hills. Despite its ancient construction, it still retains most of its imposing citadel appearance. Visitors can see the world’s largest canon – Jaiban, at the fort.

Things to do
Block Printing

Jaipur is world famous for block printing and you can’t honestly believe I would write a newsletter about what to do in Jaipur and not include it!

Shop

Jaipur is renowned for its many famous handloom items and crafts. The famous shopping spots are Rajasthali (the Rajasthan Government showroom on MI Road), Johari Bazaar, MI road, Nehru Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, and stalls at Bari and Choti Chaupurs. The markets are generally closed on Sundays.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

When it comes to exploring the beautiful landscape of Rajasthan, ballooning is the way to go. Soar above the vibrant Pushkar festival and treat yourself to the breath-taking views. Enjoy the beauty of India’s ‘Pink City’ and absorb its colours, flavours and sounds as you take in magnificent forts, palaces and bewitching architecture that Jaipur is known for.

I hope this gives you a taste of what you can see and find in the beautiful city of Jaipur. As I said at the start of this email, this barely scratches the surface of what there is to see and do in Jaipur and, if a trip to India’s Pink City is of interest, then I would urge you to explore more about India and Jaipur. We would love it if you decide to join us on any of our Colouricious Trips and would be more than happy to discuss them with you and answer any questions you may have.

We are moving onto the fourth and final installment of Kim’s trip to Jaipur. Just click on the image to be taken to her blog.

Kim’s thoughts on her Colouricious trip to Jaipur – Part 4

If you are interested in joining us on a trip to Jaipur, then please visit our website and reserve your place. We have spaces left on our trip in December this year plus all of our trips in 2018. Pick the time and itinerary that suits you and we look forward to seeing you.


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