Sarah Homfray
Maharani’s Gardens
January 2020

Stitched Gardens learning textile and embroidery design techniques

From: January 21st 2020

To: January 31st 2020

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Maharani Gardens with Sarah Homfray

London – Jaipur – London


Sarah Homfray Maharani's Gardens

Join Sarah in the fabulous city of Jaipur for a magical goldwork and gardens experience! Gather inspiration from three of its beautiful gardens as well as visiting the local artisans of Jaipur, all to help encourage your creativity when making your own Maharani gardens inspired piece. Sarah will teach you the the historical art of goldwork embroidery combined with your own block printing designs for stunning results in her workshops!


Highlights of the Tour:

Hotel, transport and food requirements

Colouricious-Holidays-Hotel

You will be staying in the wonderful Megh Niwas Hotel Jaipur. Jamie the founder of Colouricious Holidays fell in love with this private family run hotel on her travels, returning every year for the high quality of cleanliness, decoration of the rooms and the homemade food. This hotel is the childhood home of the owner which we cherish.

All the foods are grown by the hotel in their organic farm and they have their own chef to cook appropriate meals for us. If you have any dietary requirements, please do get in touch so we can make any necessary arrangements with the chef. Your breakfast and dinner is included in the price.

To make this experience as comfortable as possible you will travelling this beautiful area in a private coach with a Colouricious Holidays representative to take you to the best hidden gems and stunning sites.

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Sarah Homfray goldwork embroidery design workshop

Sarah will be leading goldwork embroidery workshops where she will teach how to use this technique on block printed fabric. These workshops will run for 10 hours over the course of the holiday in the beautiful grounds of the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel.

Sarah Homfray is a professional hand embroiderer who did her training on the Royal School of Needlework Apprenticeship. She graduated in 2006 and went on to teach the RSN apprentices and the Certificate and Diploma as well as undertaking freelance teaching and commissions. Sarah worked as part of the RSN team which created the embellishment for the wedding dress for HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, and has worked on a variety of private commissions including making the replica standard of the 105thregiment for the Battle of Waterloo 200 year commemorations in 2015.

Sarah has travelled extensively including living in Cyprus for a year where she gained a Diploma in Fine Art as well as travels across the Indian sub-continent; inspiration from her travels often appears in her work and she believes strongly in drawing and observation, embroidery design being a particular area of interest.

Sarah has been published in magazines and has written RSN Essential Stitch Guide – Silk Shading (Search Press 2011) and contributed several projects to the new book ‘Embroidery: A maker’s guide’  from the V&A museum (Thames Hudson 2017).

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Take at look at her wonderful work

Block printing workshops

You will have the opportunity to take part in 5 different types of Block printing workshops to create your own fabulous textile designs. These include:

  • Single block printing
  • Dabu block printing
  • Indigo Dye
  • Metallic Block Printing
  • Double block printing

Read our blogs to find out more!

Amer Fort

On reaching the foot of the Fort, you will be transported up by either by elephant or jeep [subject to availability] in order to see the fabulous Amer Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenulated walls lattice the surrounding area. An elephant [subject to availability/alternatively by jeep] will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls; Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating is the hall of mirrors where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

The Museum of Textiles

textile-embroidery-museum-artsThis premiere textile museum is the most celebrated institutions of its kind in the world for its diverse collection of beautiful Indian textiles. It has played an important role in establishing the curriculum taught at the prestigious National Institute of Design for the textile designing courses. There are 2 wings known as ‘Haveli’ and ‘Chauk’. Haveli houses the religious fabrics along with south Indian bronzes and sculptures, temple hangings, miniature paintings and Jaina art whereas ‘Chauk’, is home to royal tents carpets, furnishings and costumes of the Mughal and regional courts. There are also textile techniques galleries and a library.

Elephant Village

This Eleday is a unique and inspiring experience. It is a kind activity where no cruel or harmful behaviour is tolerated.  All the elephants are female which makes them loving and gentle. You will get to paint these beautiful creatures with organic and natural paints for the day. Learn to communicate with elephants especially through feeding them their favourite foods (bananas). You will learn how to play with them and bathe them if you want to see them at their happiest. This is a must do activity for anyone visiting India.

There is so much of India to explore! We also offer different craft and textile tours across this beautiful country. Take a look at the other wonderful destinations we also offer such as Uzbekistan, Japan and Bhutan or if you India!


Learn, create and be happy!

Holiday Photos

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Travel India with Sarah Homfray learning how to transform your fabrics with block printing techniques and embroidery design. Jaipur is one of the most beautiful states of India due to the ancient history and art heritage. There are people, patterns and embroidery everywhere! Almost a sensory overload of excitement, which we would like to share and show you. We will be visiting and taking part in with local carpenter and block printing workshops, showing off traditional authentic carving and hand block printing factories and a dyeing village in a remote area – all embedded in the history of Indian textiles. Busy and wonderful days learning and seeing another world of crafts. Come and try these textile techniques out for yourself, and be taught by the local artisans.

What heaven! We often squeeze in more activities than expected which pop up spontaneously. You may well adore to have clothes made by a local taylor. Take along some of your favourite clothes, choose some fabric, and have your own clothes made with your own flair. There are a number of tailors who we use, to avoid disappointment. Also lots of shopping in the local markets but also in the best shops in town, such as Fab India and Anouki. Let us know if there is anything in particular you are looking for, in the fabric world, so we can take you there. You will love Babu Bazaar for embellishments as well as the factories where you can buy fabric direct from the printers.

You will be will be staying in the city of Jaipur which is the capital of the block printing India. Using Jaipur as our base, we will be taking days trips out to other areas for our block printing adventures – in particular, the dabu block printing workshop where you will block print your own fabric with mud, being taught by ladies in a village about an hour from Jaipur. Also in a town called Bagru, we will spend a morning block printing in a more “basic” factory i.e. with a more rural flavour. Adorable.

Itinerary

Colouricious-Holidays-ItineraryThis is a taster itinerary and not the exact plan. On the evening of arrival you will be given an exact timetable as changes may be made. We under promise and over deliver!

Day 1

  • Depart London

Day 2

Hotel-Narain-Niwas

  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 3

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning visit to Amer fort with elephant / jeep safari.
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant on direct payment basis.
  • After Lunch, introduction about block printing and participate in single block printing workshop [2-3 Hrs]. Later return to hotel
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur 

Day 4

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning visit to the flower market and participate in Indigo block printing workshop [3-4 Hrs]
  • Light snacks will be served during workshop
  • Afternoon visit to tailors for tailor made outfits
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 5

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Drive to Sanganer [1 Hrs drive one way] and participate in metallic block printing workshop
  • Light snacks will be served during workshop
  • Later participate in blue pottery unit and drive back to Jaipur.
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 6

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning visit to Anokhi museum and participate in block printing on t-shirts.
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant on direct payment basis
  • Visit City Palace and Observatory
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 7

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast drive to Bagru [1.5 Hrs one way] and participate in Dabu printing [2-3 hours] and witness carpenter making wooden blocks
  • Light snacks will be served during workshop
  • After workshop visit some of the houses busy in tie-dye activity.
  • Later drive back to Jaipur
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 8

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning, participate in elephant activity – painting / bathing/ feeding/ riding an elephant
  • Afternoon is at leisure
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 9 

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning is at leisure.
  • Afternoon participate in cooking demonstration followed by Lunch with local Indian family.
  • Evening visit to Spice shop with tea tasting session
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 10 

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast participate in double block printing workshop [2-3 Hrs]
  • Light Snacks will be arranged at the time of workshop with tea/coffee
  • Farewell Dinner is at some special venue
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 11

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

T&C's

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  • The holiday will include accommodation and meals as described on the website at the time of booking.
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  • All tours and visits as described on the website at the time of booking.
  • Travel arrangements are planned many months in advance and it may, very occasionally, be necessary to make changes to, or cancel completely parts of the itinerary. Therefore we reserve the right to make changes after we have entered into this contract. This includes the hotels and other accommodations.
  • Although your confirmation and subsequent invoices may show the latest flight timings, these are subject to change at the will of the airline.  We will inform you of any flight changes at the earliest opportunity. We do not take any responsibility for flight changes outside our control.  When a change is a significant change (such as an alteration to your flight time by more than 12 hours, or a change to a lower standard of accommodation for the whole or a major part of your holiday), we will advise you as soon as is reasonably possible. You may then either accept the change, or take an alternative holiday (paying or receiving a refund / credit in respect of any price difference), or withdraw and accept a full refund.
  • If your tour director is, for whatever reason, unable to travel with your party, we reserve the right to provide a replacement of similar professional expertise or a local professional guide. This will not be a significant change.
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Your Host

  • If your tour director/guest artist/host is, for whatever reason, unable to travel with your party, we reserve the right to provide a replacement of similar professional expertise or a local professional guide. This will not be a significant change & the holiday will proceed.

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  • We have an online booking system, however we are pleased to receive enquires via telephone, email or post. When you reserve your place on one of our holidays, you will be asked for payment of a deposit   Payments can be made by credit/debit card online or on the telephone by direct bank transfer or by cheque.
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  • We have a deposit of £1,000 to cover the cost of booking a flight & reserving accommodation. We book our flights as early as possible to enable us to offer a competitive package.  In common with most tour operators we do not offer a monthly payment system.  We have a reputable agent in India, our holidays run with and without a UK representative.   All our package holidays are guaranteed by the Civil Aviation Authority administered ATOL scheme. Our ATOL Licence No. 10830

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  • We reserve the right to increase our prices at any time, if costs rise due to unforeseen events such as government action, currency movements, or if fuel costs increase or other unexpected price rises occur of which we were unaware at the time of booking.
  • Any increase in price will be limited to the net cost to Colouricious Ltd.

Cancellation

  • In the event you wish to cancel your holiday you must inform Colouricious Ltd in writing immediately. Cancellation periods are calculated from the date Colouricious Ltd receive your written notification.
  • Cancellation Charges
    • 52 weeks or more : £100.00
    • 16 Weeks  –  1 year. £1,000.00
    • 6 – 16 Weeks – 75% of total holiday cost
    • Less than 6 weeks – 100% of total holiday cost
    • NB. If you have upgraded your flight the cost of the upgrade will be in addition to the  cancellation charge
  • It may be that it is possible to transfer your holiday to another Colouricious Holiday. In additional to any price differential & ticketing costs, an admin fee of £50.00 per person will be charged.
  • Colouricious Ltd requires a minimum number of guests for us to operate a holiday. In the unlikely event that we cancel a tour for this or any other reason, we will notify you at the earliest opportunity
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Insurance.

  • It is a requirement that all clients have suitable travel insurance.
  • You must provide us with the name of your insurers, the policy number and emergency contact number before you travel. Colouricious Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.
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  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you have all the necessary documentation to complete your journey. Be aware that some countries require a passport to be valid for 3-6 months after your holiday. Whatever your nationality you should check with your relevant embassy for visa and other requirements.
  • Colouricious Ltd will not be responsible for any visa or other immigration matter, nor any costs incurred as a result of such matter.
  • We require full passport details no later than 4 weeks prior to departure for airline bookings.
  • The names that appear on your booking form MUST be the same as the names in your passport. If the names on the booking form is not the same as on your passport you will be responsible for any costs incurred.

Health & Accessibility

  • It should be noted that many of our itineraries include visits to less economically developed countries and that the general levels of comfort and services in some destinations are lower than would be found in the UK and the EU. In particular pavement and road surfaces can be broken and uneven.
  • The dust, heat and exhaust in big cities of LEDC’s may occasionally be troublesome for people with breathing issues. Be assured that providing you are reasonably healthy you will be able to take part in any of our holidays.
  • If you have any special needs or medical condition that you consider (or some other person may reasonably consider) may impinge on your participation of the holiday, you must inform us at the time of booking so that we can advise you on the suitability of the holiday. We will strive to include everyone in every part of our holidays but in visiting LEDC”s some of the sites that we visit or stay, are not necessarily equipped for wheelchair access or other special needs.
  • Dietary requirements should be advised at the time of booking.

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  • When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.”
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  • Colouricious will always strive to act in the best interest of the client to ensure the best holiday experience possible. It is essential that any complaints and or problems are notified to us at the time so that the matter may be addressed at the earliest opportunity.
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Booking

Online Booking & Payment Terms

Please book your holiday online – the booking form is found at the top of this page. Once you have submitted your booking form and made your payment, you will be sent a confirmation note and if appropriate an ATOL certificate.

Upgrading your flight?

If you are considering upgrading your flight we will be pleased to assist. Please call us on 0203 362 4114 or email us at bookings@colouricious.com at the time of booking for a quote.

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Then it makes sense for you make your own way to Jaipur and meet us there.
Simply email us at bookings@colouricious.com and we will send you the details.
Book your own flight and pay the land only price without flight

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Testimonials

“Thanks so much for such a wonderful trip with a lovely group of people – was fun to share in all the stories everyone had to tell & enjoy doing the workshops together – so much talent there!  Has been hard to come down to earth & put it all aside for the Christmas time but can go back to it all now & enjoy sorting out photos & look at all the pieces I bought – have not got round to unpacking them yet! Everyone that I bought scarves from Jaipur loved them & a few stories – have even been asked to give a talk & slide show about it!!! ” Daphne


Jamie Malden – you are a STAR!   You will never know just how much it meant to those of us like myself, recently widowed or now finding themselves alone for other reasons, to discover they can enjoy a wonderful holiday again. Your organisation of every detail was exemplary and I would never hesitate to encourage others to join you on a Colouricious holiday.   Being able to participate in block printing workshops with local people was such a privilege, the kindness of everyone we met was outstanding and the fun and happiness felt by everyone made for a really very special holiday.   I am still reliving chaotic but amazing Rajasthan every day and will do for some time to come so thank you SO much! Please also pass on my warmest appreciation to Puneet for all his undivided attention to every detail to ensure our Jaipur experience was the best possible and It was such a pleasure to meet him. Best wishes Sandra


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Namaste… Thank you so much Jamie. I gained so much from our trip to Jaipur, It was just what I needed, some fabulous creative space, lots of lovely new friends and time to regain myself and make sense of my new role in life. You are an amazing lady, through your chance encounter you have touched so many lives. It was a pleasure to travel with you and I am so glad you are leading us to Gujarat.  I can’t wait to get my Jaipur treasures out and get some block printing and stitching started.
I have truly caught the Colouricious bug! Love and best wishes Caroline

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