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 seven 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.
We are delighted to introduce the special NEW subject of Writing to our programme:
|Wandering Wordsmith||Miranda Innes with Louisa Tomlinson|
A writer's toolkit: acquire the skills to evoke the glittering city of Jaipur and your innermost thoughts, in words.
|at Diggi Palace|
|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 Beatrice Champ|
|Fabulous Photography||Vipul Sangoi|
Guided photography expeditions to unusual locations off the beaten track
|with Samkit Shah|
|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|
Each programme runs over seven days, and includes four full days and two half days tuition and a final day of traditional celebration for the Spring Kite Festival. The workshops are conducted in locations specially selected for the subject, such as heritage palaces, craft studios and traditional workshops.
Wonderful Workshops cultural programme
The programme also offers a wide range of cultural activities, including a celebration lunch for the annual Kite Festival, 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 those who wish to participate on the final day.
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. This will be followed with a demonstration by colourful local entertainers in the Diggi Palace Durbar Hall. During the week there will be other evening concert performances by talented folk musicians of Rajasthan arranged for your enjoyment by musician Georgie Pope.
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. We are delighted to have many participants returning each year to enjoy it again and again.
This Wonderful Workshops programme is co-ordinated by Frances Ronaldson assisted by Louisa Tomlinson and Cleo Pollock
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.