Color, Textiles, and Design Residency
Program Dates: January 3-10, 2022
This trip is limited to ten people
AIP India is a series of designed experiences authentic to the modern and ancient city of Jaipur. We will attend various design workshops in the city, working with artisans to learn local art forms which include: Wood blocking, natural dying (Indigo originated in India!), relief printing, jewelry design, embroidery techniques, paper printing and binding and a unique meditation painting technique. Participants will be guided to photograph experiences at various times of day to capture light, color, and texture.
As stated in our organization's name, Immersion is the key to our creative residencies. Northern India is known for vibrant culture, spirituality, and beauty. Our thoughtfully designed itinerary surrounds you with these elements through quality and ease. Thoughtfully chosen accommodation, globally recognized guides, and local in-the-know insights allow your trip to be one of creative expansion and self-exploration.
This is an open-level opportunity. From around the world, our attendees arrive with a beautiful variety of talent and interest. This assortment of insight, and discovery is celebrated with a final exhibition. The experience itself will last a lifetime.
Get ready to immerse in inspiring India and make a creative connection with the country. We are here as designers, artists, and makers. Every day is an opportunity to grow, create, learn, push our practice in ways we haven’t made time for before. Jaipur is steeped in design history. Based on a royal 18th-century urban plan, it is a city designed for commercial and creative exchange. This dynamic has endured over centuries and Jaipur is a maker’s dream. Jaipur is packed with high-skill artisans entrepreneurs, ready to collaborate.
Jaipur is full of color, pattern, and texture. Study architecture, and the environment of Jaipur creating color, pattern and texture studies. Develop color studies and personal narratives reflecting on your personal journey and experience. We encourage documentation of your experience in a variety of formats, from creative writing, sketching, drawing/ painting, and watercolor, to photography, video, and film. Trip leaders will work with you to focus your response and expand upon your skills and techniques. Communal dinners and cultural presentations will synthesize the experience.
Jaipur is an artisanal capital of the world, where ancient techniques live on through communities of makers.
Engage in ancient art forms alongside contemporary masters. Visit multiple studios and meet various experts in the field, understanding a broad historical and craft context of the textile arts of India. Engage your design skills with color, pattern and textural design. Study contemporary and traditional methods of textile art and design craft. Return home with various designed pieces, textiles, and a broadened perspective.
Our India Community
Jaipur is a global textile center full of makers and artisans. Explore India in a unique way with our community.
India: A History
by John Keay
A Passage to India,
by E.M. Forster
The Story Of My Experiments With Truth,
by M K Gandhi
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony
Heritage Hotel Accommodations
AIP Designed Experience
Globally Celebrated Designer as your Guide
Workshop Instruction, Fees, and Supplies
Meet & Greet with Other Celebrated Designers
Artistic, Curated Tour of Jaipur
Visits to Local Museums and Cultural Sites
Gentle Yoga Sessions
Personal Brand Session
Meals included: Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners
Tips for Drivers, Land Agents, Sites and Helpers
Private Transport to and from the Jaipur Airport for arrival and return flight
International Health Insurance
This trip is limited to ten people*
* Flight not included in price
What you will do and learn.
Compose textile designs.
Experiment with natural dye.
Experiment with block printing.
Design mud resist indigo dye patterns.
Practice embroidery techniques.
Design a personal piece of jewelry.
Print custom stationery and/or journal.
Discover new ways of painting.
Photograph incredible surroundings.
Where we stay:
India is full of brilliant colors and culture integrated into each moment. Jaipur is the Capital of Rajasthan in Northern India. Our trip is stationed in the heart of Jaipur. We reside at a heritage hotel residence which will provide our meals in addition to eating out at some of the best places in the city. Jaipur is full of texture, color, and traditional Indian architecture. Hand-painted rooms, gorgeous textures, peacocks, gardens, and tranquility make this an ideal setting for your adventure in India.
Jaipur is a global textile center full of makers and artisans. This program is designed to allow visitors to experience Indian culture and craft first-hand through the guidance of experts. This trip is the most authentic way to not just to see, but experience India.
Our heritage hotel is 14 KM from the Jaipur airport.
Here is our best description of what your time will be like in INDIA with AIP.
DAY 1 - CONTEXT Today is about being out in the city in a relaxed fashion, taking in its rhythm and learning about its history of textiles, specifically block printing at the famous Anokhi museum. We will start our day with lunch at their excellent cafe and then head inside. Take photos and make sketches of motifs and compositions to experiment with during our making sessions. Make a note of the colours and themes you are drawn to. Draw inspiration from designers who have unlocked India’s creative capabilities with great commercial success.
DAY 2 - WARM UP Today we warm up our hands and eyes. We will spend half a day walking around markets, observing, sketching and shopping for fabric and supplies. The other half will head to the studio for a half a day of block printing.
DAY 3 - PATTERN CUTTING & SEWING Today we head back to the studio to learn what it takes to make a garment. A ‘master Ji’ will teach us pattern cutting and machine sewing. This session will be tailored to your skill level.
DAY 4 - NATURAL DYEING & BLOCK PRINTING AT BAGRU Today we have our artisan immersive at Bagru village, home of block-printing, 20 miles from Jaipur city. Today we will learn about natural dyes, visit a printing factory, practice printing and then work on a 1.8m / 42” wide cotton scarf. We will also learn about natural post-printing finishing processes.
DAY 5 - EMBROIDERY AT STUDIO Today we bring our frame of reference to the delicate miniature nature of embroidery. We will learn basic stitches, embellishment techniques, along with local Rajasthani techniques like pithan and gota patti. Choose a sketch from your notebook to translate into embroidery samples. Incorporate beads and other bits and bobs you’ve picked up at market stall.
DAY 6 - DABU RESIST & INDIGO AT BAGRU We head back to Bagru village for the second part of our print workshop. We learn how to dye with indigo leaves, and use a traditional mud resist technique to make prints.
DAY 7 - LOOKING OUT Today we draw inspiration from the past and present. We visit inspiring beautiful historical sites of note like the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Hawa Mahal, and Jantar Mantar, fascinating creations unlike anywhere else in the world. We also look at the work of talented designers who have passed through Jaipur, visiting hotels, shops, and restaurants that are heady modern creations of beauty. This is a moment to consider how we can draw inspiration to push our own practice in a broader way. What is the big ambitious project you have always dreamed of doing? What can we learn from people who followed their dream?
DAY 7, DAY 8 - STUDIO TIME These 2 days are our final making days where you can get into the flow and apply all your learning. Think about working towards something larger and more cohesive. Or create a collection of many small samples. Work at the studio or visit the village again. We will use the studio as our home base to block print, embroider, create garments etc. We can also use these days to visit other workshops that you may have an interest in, eg. jewelry making, natural dye store, paper shops etc.
DAY 9 - FINAL SHOW & CELEBRATION DINNER We will gather all of our work in a final show to gather and reflect on all our hard work!
DAY 10 - HEAD HOME :) Breakfast at the hotel Check out of the hotel. Drop-off to the airport will be arranged by our private ground transport
*Note this schedule including dates is subject to change due to local weather, force majeure or new opportunities that better suit the needs of the group. This will help you get an accurate picture of what your experience will be like. AIP programs are non-refundable, due to the advanced planning required to make trips possible. We plan every detail to make sure our stay is excellent in every way.
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Jaipur is full of magic. It’s everywhere. There are countless restaurants, museums, workshops and palaces to visit and spend time in. Some of our favorite places include the Rambagh Palace and Royal Albert Museum. To extend your trip, you can easily make your way to Agra, to visit the epic Taj Mahal.
What is Jaipur known for?
Jaipur is known as a city of makers. Handcraft is valued here, and traditional skills have been passed on from generation to generation. Your teachers and workshop leaders are incredibly skilled. Craft is a sacred art passed on generation to generation.
AIP will email you when it is time to get your ticket. We will allow much planning in advance, and will this email ninety or more days before your trip. We will send more specific details once you sign up for the trip. You will be met at the airport, and we will all go to the hotel together.
Jaipur is warm in September through February, and it can get a bit chilly at times.