Wendy Dolan Block Printing Holiday – February 2020

Explore Textile Surface Design with Wendy Dolan

From: 25th February, 2020

To: 5th March, 2020

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Your journey together will start at Heathrow airport and you will be travelling to Jaipur in the Rajasthan region of India – the land of colours. You will be flying to Jaipur 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! 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 to help grow your surface design techniques. 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.

Wendy’s group 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.


 

Highlights

 Block Printing Jaipur

10 Nights/11 Days

London – Jaipur – London


This Colouricious block printing textile holiday to Jaipur will be hosted and escorted by Wendy Dolan. 

Wendy-Dolan-Textile-Artist

Wendy Dolan is an established textile artist accomplished in Freehand Machine Embroidery and Creative Stitching Techniques. Join her on this block printing holiday to delve deeper into the block printing art. During this block printing holiday you will attend a variety of block printing workshops learning how to transform your surface designs.


Highlights of the Tour

  • Explore the lanes of Sanganeer – the historical home of block printing and see wooden printing blocks being carved
  • Attend at least 5 authentic hand block printing fabric workshops
  • Lots of fabric retail therapy at local markets and the most gorgeous shops! Special requests – if you are looking for something specific and special to you, let us know and we can source and arrange that idea for you.
  • You will be travelling to a village outside Jaipur to take part in a Dabu Mud Block Printing Workshop
  • There will be  free time for you to choose to do whatever you wish usually at the end of each day’s activities

HOTEL

The Fern Hotel Jaipur

We have chosen to stay at the Fern hotel for the first 3 nights of your holiday to help reduce the amount of travelling required to visit the key locations. This hotel is a short distance form the airport, is very modern and comfortable and a gentle introduction to the hubbub of Jaipur. We think you will welcome the rooftop swimming pool to refresh after your flight!

Megh Niwas Hotel Jaipur

The rest of the holiday we will spend in the beautiful privately run hotel called the Megh Niwas. The reason that we love returning to this hotel is the high quality of cleanliness of the rooms and the homemade food. All the foods are grown by the hotel in their organic farm and they have their own chef to cook appropriate meals for us.


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.

Not coming from the UK?

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


 

  • khadi block printing (white on white)
  • double block printing
  • blue printing
  • mitred corners
  • block printing with metallic colours
  • dabu block printing (mud resist)
  • Block carvers colony

Visits to

  • Hawa Mahal
  • City Palace
  • The Pink City
  • Amber Palace
  • Chomu Palace
  • Textiles Factory
  • Bapu Bazaar
  • Blue Pottery
  • Anouki Museum
  • Elephant village
  • Colouricious Block Shop – purchase our blocks with 50% discount !

Colouricious Holidays – Block Printing Textile Holiday


You will be staying in this fabulous havelli


Block Printing Holiday Details

It is the process of printing patterns on textiles, usually of linen, cotton or silk, by means of incised wooden blocks. The surface used for printing is a saree length table (approx 6 meters) that is padded with many layers of cloth. The printer aligns the first block to the bottom left corner of the fabric and with incredibly precise hand eye coordination, that has been developed over years of block printing, gives a sharp tap the release the dabu paste onto the cloth. This same process is repeated along the length and width of the fabric.

The printer commences by drawing a length of cloth, from the roll, over the table, and marks it with a piece of coloured chalk and a ruler to indicate where the first impression of the block is to be applied.

He then applies his block in two different directions to the colour on the sieve and finally presses it firmly and steadily on the cloth, ensuring a good impression by striking it smartly on the back with a wooden mallet. The second impression is made in the same way, the printer taking care to see that it fits exactly to the first, a point which he can make sure of by means of the pins with which the blocks are provided at each corner and which are arranged in such a way that when those at the right side or at the top of the block fall upon those at the left side or the bottom of the previous impression the two printings join up exactly and continue the pattern without a break. Each succeeding impression is made in precisely the same manner until the length of cloth on the table is fully printed. When this is done it is wound over the drying rollers, thus bringing forward a fresh length to be treated similarly.

If the pattern contains several colours the cloth is usually first printed throughout with one, then dried, re-wound and printed with the second, the same operations being repeated until all the colours are printed.

Many modifications of block printing have been tried from time to time, but of these only two tobying and rainbowing are of any practical value. The object of tobey printing is to print the several colours of a multicolour pattern at one operation and for this purpose a block with the whole of the pattern cut upon it, and a specially constructed colour sieve are employed. The sieve consists of a thick block of wood, on one side of which a series of compartments are hollowed out, corresponding roughly in shape, size and position to the various objects cut on the block. The tops of the dividing walls of these compartments are then coated with melted pitch, and a piece of fine woolen cloth is stretched over the whole and pressed well down on the pitch so as to adhere firmly to the top of each wall; finally a piece of string soaked in pitch is cemented over the woolen cloth along the lines of the dividing walls, and after boring a hole through the bottom of each compartment the sieve is ready for use. In operation each compartment is filled with its special colour through a pipe connecting it with a colour box situated at the side of the sieve and a little above it, so as to exert just sufficient pressure on the colour to force it gently through the woolen cloth, but not enough to cause it to overflow its proper limits, formed by the pitch-soaked string boundary lines.

The block is then carefully pressed on the sieve, and, as the different parts of its pattern fall on different parts of the sieve, each takes up a certain colour that it transfers to the cloth in the usual way. By this method of tobying from two to six colours may be printed at one operation, but it is obvious that it is only applicable to patterns where the different coloured objects are placed at some small distance apart, and that, therefore, it is of but limited application.

Amber 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 Amber 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, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.

Elephant Activity
Day with elephant is a unique and inspiring experience, that we have put together with love. It is a kind of activity with Elephants which is quite special and we are sure you would not have seen anything like this before. It is the experience of owning a beautiful creature like elephant for a day and this is what makes Eleday a must do activity, for anyone visiting India. A day full of adventure with these beautiful & magnificent creatures, it is a special chance for you to Get close and become friends with elephants and interact with it for real. We love our Elephants and do not support any activity which is cruel or harmful for them. For paintings only organic colors are used. All our elephants are female elephants which also makes them loving and gentle and no aggression towards guests who feed them, play with them or bathe them.

Once you reach at our park you will be welcomed in Rajasthani style (Tilak or garland of flowers ) along with soft drinks. After the drinks guests can start the day with elephants. All activities are detailed below.

Introduction
First contact is always important! When meeting an elephant for the first time you have to let them catch your smell. Make them feel comfortable by stroking and talking to them while looking into their eyes. Let the elephant feel your energy and spirit.

Elephant Language
You might be surprised to know that there is a certain language to communicate with the elephants. To be able to understand them you have to learn the basics of this language.

Elephant Feeding
You might have heard of the saying “love goes through the stomach”? Well, elephants are no exception. Feeding is the easiest way to gain their trust. You will get a chance to feed them while learning their feeding habits and what they enjoy most – EATING

“For the Love of an Elephant”

Painting using Organic colors
Learn about the completely natural paint that is used to paint the thick elephant skin. Learn how to create a traditional painting on the elephants face. If you’re not great at drawing don’t worry, we can paint the outlines on their face if you like and then you fill in the gaps with the colors of your choice.

Bare Back Rides  
We’d like to offer our guests a chance to ride our elephants without a saddle. Most elephant rides incorporate a large saddle, which offers some added comfort, which many guests prefer, but for an even closer experience with our elephants we’ll teach you how to ride without the saddle. Learn how to ride on its neck, and communicate through different spoken commands.

Washing the Elephant  
In the late afternoon it is time to wash and scrub the elephants. You can give Shower to your elephant and Wash & Scrub them at Pool side in the garden.

City Palace
The magnificent City Palace is in the centre of the pink city of Jaipur, enclosed by high walls and set amidst fine gardens and courtyards.

Astronomical Observatory
Also called Jantar Mantar made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726and is one of the five such astronomical wonders constructed by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day.

Cooking Demonstration
Learn how to make some Indian dishes and witness a traditional cooking demonstration. Here you understand the techniques and essential ingredients of Rajasthani cuisine. Enjoy a succulent Lunch with the family and learn more about culture/ traditions of India

Arts and Crafts village to explore quilting arts, textile art and embroidery

Have a taste of the real genuine experience – Other block printing workshops during this holiday will include Indigo Dyeing and also block printing in a genuine block printing factory – one in Jaipur and another day in a village outside town. You will spend the day with real artisans, real people who spend their working life block printing.

During our stay in Jaipur we will be visiting most of the artists that you see in this movie. There is so much to show you!

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Depart London

Day 2

  • Arrive Jaipur
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
  • Dinner is at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Jaipur

Day 3

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning visit to Amber fort with jeep ride.
  • 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 local village  [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 
  • 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 local village  [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
  • Day of  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.

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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.

Not coming from the UK?

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

Don’t want to book online?

If you do not wish to book your holiday online, then please contact us on 0203 362 4114 or email us at bookings@colouricious.com and we will arrange it all for you and advise you of the ways you can make your deposit payment.

Testimonials

“I have recently returned from a visit to India with Jamie M.  It was my second visit of the year, last November I joined the group touring Rajasthan and this month Odisha.  Over the last 50 years I have travelled the world both independently and with organised groups  – Borneo, Japan, Kenya, Peru and Malawi being  some of the highlights.  A friend asked me  what makes the Colouricious tours so special, why do they stand out from the rest and why do you go back?  Was it the choice of the Indian location, the textile art /craft theme  or the excellent value for money? Was it  the attention to details such as travel arrangements,  interesting heritage hotels, the food or the individual care you receive.  Most of the top travel  companies usually get these things right particularly if you pay top prices.  So why is Colouriscious different? 

Colouricious Holidays are excellent tours in the sense you are taken to some of the most interesting, beautiful places you will ever visit. They are tours in the sense that the local guide will have given you enough information to help you understand the significance of what you are seeing. A quality tour for me is never about seeing the attractions or even  looking at how people live,  it is about the personal, interaction with people in their own environments.   

With Coloricious Holidays it is as though you have been given this massive privilege of stepping into another world. It  is about things that happen to just you and provide  memories that will stay with you forever. You feel so privileged.  Everyday offers  unique experiences that made you  feel as if you have entered a community, not as a tourist  but just as the person you are and you leave having been touched in some way. Over  dinner at the end of a day when you swop stories you realise you  may well have been the only one taken by a young girl to show you her rice wall paintings but someone else was shown a villager’s vegetable plot , or was dressed in a sari, or taken to visit grandma or a new baby. The experiences are endless. Each person feels as though they had their own special moment.  Colouricious  is the only tour holiday I have been on that offers this level of experience on a daily basis.”  Love Denise


“In short, this was an incredible holiday!  The organization was spot-on, we felt extremely well taken care of, and unexpected eventualities were handled by Isha with speed, grace, and calm. The structure of the tour (specifically, having two nights in most places) was most welcome and reduced as much as possible the stress of living out of a suitcase.  Having drinking water taken care of for us (rather than having constantly to pay for bottled water and worry about where it might come from) was SO much appreciated (and was a contrast to our last tour).
The textiles-activities were well organized and on the whole were a lot of fun.  There were no shortages of options to buy fabric, which I also appreciated! The hotels we stayed in were lovely!  The food was generally quite good — the two exceptions were at the fort at Pokaner (sp?) (this food was really not very good at all) and during glamping (where the food was actually tasty but consistently cold because the staff couldn’t figure out how to properly work the heating plates).  However, we were camping, so I wasn’t very bothered. 🙂
What made this trip so meaningful and joyful, though, was definitely the staff who came with us throughout the trip.  Specifically:
Gautam was an amazingly knowledgable escort, and he was attentive to everyone on the trip simultaneously in terms of calling attention to things he thought might be interesting (e.g.: I’m an amateur photographer, and he took the time to point out scenes and buildings and angles that might make good photographs).  He was also compassionate and kind, taking good care of some of the more elderly people on the trip who needed it.
Isha is an incredible find.  She managed to keep us all on track with humour and smiles, getting us where we needed to be with a minimum of fuss.  She took in stride unexpected events (such as our lunch restaurant being closed near the embellishment market in Delhi), and she was sensitive to the desires and needs of the people on the tour, going an extra mile or ten to provide people with the individual experience they were looking for.  On a personal front, Isha also looked out for my mum (who was a bit unexpectedly unsteady on her feet throughout), again with no fuss and an abundance of charm.  I can’t say enough positive things about Isha — I would be delighted to see her again on a tour, and I can’t commend highly enough her professional, competent, and delightful performance.  I have the greatest respect for her, compounded by her relative youth!
If this is the quality of staff and tours that Colouricious provides, then it’s no wonder you get repeat travelers. 🙂 Thank you! “Amanda J.

“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

A-Z Guide

We have put together an A – Z guide of things that we feel will help you have a wonderful Colouricious Holiday. Click on the image below to download it and then you can print it out and read it at your leisure.