Wonderful Workshops in Rajasthan

Our next Programme will run from
February 5th - 12th 2017

Visit India, the Land of Crafts, and experience the thrill of learning a traditional skill

The Wonderful Workshops programme of heritage workshops are based on traditional craft techniques of the magical city of Jaipur. They are led by local master-craftsmen in collaboration with well-known British artists and designers. The programme was created with the Jaipur Virasat (Heritage) Foundation to enable a wider community to share in this centuries old specialist knowledge and to promote heritage conservation and responsible tourism.

Wonderful Workshops teaching programme

These exceptional workshops are instructed by well-known designers and teachers from Great Britain, in collaboration with talented local practitioners, and offer you a chance to acquire unique skills and spend a glorious week experiencing some of the living culture of Rajasthan.

Stitches of the Desert Lucy Goffin

Embroidery, mirror & cutwork; braid-making and intricate gold printing

with Rachna Singh
Miniature Painting Olivia Dalrymple

Paper preparation, natural pigment making; brush techniques and metal-foil application

with Ajay Sharma
Sparkling Surfaces Andrew Logan

Jewellery-making, mirror sculpture and surface embellishment of select objects

assisted by Sophie Knight
Taste of India Sandhya Kumari & Jyotika Kumari

Learn the secrets of Rajasthani palace and country cooking, and visit local vegetable and spice markets

at Diggi Palace
Mud Resist Prints & Indigo Dye Natalie Gibson & Di Livey

Dhabu blockprinting & resist processes with indigo & other vegetable dyes

with Raj Kanwar of Ojjas

Fabulous Photography

A rare opportunity to photograph unusual locations in and around Jaipur

Annie Owen with Stella Berkofsky

Each programme runs over seven days, and includes four full days and two half days tuition. The workshops are conducted in locations specially selected for the subject, such as heritage palaces, craft studios and traditional workshops.

Please note that itineraries may be subject to minor modifications due to local factors.

Wonderful Workshops cultural programme

The programme also includes a wide range of cultural activities, including expeditions to little-known museums, guided early-morning walks in the old walled city, visits to private collections and accompanied tours to the bazaars in order to enhance your chosen subject and provide inspiration. This all resuts in an exhibition of work produced by all the participants on the final day, with a Gala Lunch at a historic Haveli in the old city of Jaipur.

You will be welcomed to the workshops at a garden tea party on the first afternoon where you will be given your individual itineraries and introduced to your teachers and fellow participants. During the week there will be virtuoso evening concert performances by talented folk musicians of Rajasthan specially arranged for your enjoyment in the Diggi Palace Durbar Hall.

This is an unusual and extraordinary week in which to discover the colourful and generous Rajasthani way of life, combined with a unique learning experience. Through our excellent local contacts, we have created a programme that gives you a taste of the best that Jaipur can offer. The workshops week is a truly joyful experience and we are delighted to have many participants returning each year to enjoy it again and again.

The Wonderful Workshops programme is coordinated by Frances Ronaldson and assisted by Louisa Tomlinson, with further help from Cleo Pollock & Patricia Higgins in India.

Frances Ronaldson is a textile designer who has worked in India and led textile study trips over the last twenty years. She was in charge of the textile section at the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery in London, as well as teaching and lecturing at various art colleges.

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