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Wonderful Workshops in Rajasthan

Our next Programme will run from
February 2nd - 9th 2020

Booking will open end of May 2019

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.

Mud Resist Prints & Indigo Dye Natalie Gibson & Di Livey

Dhabu blockprinting & resist processes with indigo & other vegetable dyes

with Raj Kanwar of Ojjas
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 & Kaushika Singh

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

at Diggi Palace

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, visits to private collections and accompanied tours to the bazaars in order to enhance your chosen subject and provide inspiration. The week results 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.

There will be some Photography Walks in the early morning and golden evening light to unusual places on chosen days, with photographer Stella Berkofsky. These are on offer on a first come first served basis, to participants who wish to explore Jaipur further with a guiding professional eye, and to record their visit. There will be an extra fee for this.

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.

Towards the end of the week, you will also visit the newly restored magnificent Diggi Fort, country seat of the Diggi royal family, where you will be able to walk around the village, visit the local temple and interact with local people, before a sunset concert and banquet.

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 whole programme is co-ordinated by Frances Ronaldson who is a textile designer and 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.

This will be her last year as director after 15 glorious years, and we have found the perfect person to take over.

Claire Worthington originally trained as a textile designer and was Anokhi’s first student in Jaipur about 30 years ago. Since then, she has worked as a stylist in both magazines and film, and helped her husband set up his business. More recently, after participating in several of Andrew Logan’s fantastic Sparkling Surfaces workshops, she started designing her own range of wallpaper, currently available through Penny Morrison and the Fabric Collective. She has four children, most of whom are now at university.

Claire will be shadowing Frances throughout 2019, and coming to Jaipur for the programme in February 2020 to assist with the running of the Workshops. She will take over the Wonderful Workshops programme in Spring 2020, and plans to keep the workshops to their original spirit, as well as nurture them in new creative directions