Bar Palladio / Jaipur, India

We are heading back to Jaipur, India for another adventure and learning vacation with Heather Moore.

This is an 8 day Ace Camp where you be will exploring textile techniques, learning about motif placement, repeat patterns, relief printing (thinking in reverse) and gaining insight into how you can work your small business to lead to success. 

Heather will be teaching a 2.5 day workshop about surface printing in Jaipur known as the Pink City located in Rajasthan, Northern India. Think Northern India and it will conjure up colourful images including the Taj Mahal, the holy River Ganges, tigers, turbans, saris, tuktuks, rickshaws and more...

We will be visiting workshops (Indian block-printing studios) with traditional authentic carving and hand block printing demonstration and learn how the artisans print with the blocks on their long tables.

For inspiration visit we'll head to Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing and see their comprehensive history of the art of block printing as well as beautiful and historical fabric samples and articles of clothing. 

You will have hands-on experience in two different factories. We will head to Bagru to learn Mud Resist -  the art of printing with mud and dying with indigo one day and the next head back to learn about natural dyes and block printing. Both days you will return with a shawl made by you with the wooden blocks of your choice.

There are "days off" to explore, shop or re-visit sites that interest you. Some of the folks from last years trip headed out on an elephant tour one evening and others went for a hot air balloon experience. Our land agent can help you with any of your extra travel experiences and will be on site at the hotel for discussions.

Heather Moore in Bagru, India

HEATHER MOORE lives in Cape Town, South Africa with a handsome bloke, two noisy cats, loads of plants and a couple of bicycles, all just a short walk away from the Skinny laMinx store and studio, where she designs patterns and products that get sold in her shop, and sent all over the world.

image: Heather Moore
image: Heather Moore


Foreign visitors wishing to travel to India should be in possession of valid national passports valid for at least 190 days. 


Do I Need a Visa to Visit India?

Nationals of ALL countries require a visa to enter India. 

Contact your government office to find out particulars. It is best to  visit the foreign government office in your area and present your passport.

Visas will be added to your passports for tourist travel and it is required to apply for your visa as soon as your registration has been accepted and your deposit has been paid.

Your tourist visa to India may cost $60 depending on your country.

Caffe Palladio

Caffe Palladio

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 2.5 day workshop with Heather Moore
  • 8 nights accommodation at Hotel Diggi Palace (based on double occupancy)
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • All transportation in private, air conditioned vehicles
  • 4 dinners including a night at a private home and a final night dinner at a Palace Restaurant
  • A Mud Resist Indigo Workshop in Bagru (materials included)
  • A Block Printing Workshop in Bagru (materials included)
  • *Airport pick-up and return (September 28 + October 6, 2017 or October 9 + 17, 2015)
  • A copy of Fiona Caulfield's LOVE JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN guide book
  • An illustrated map designed specifically for this Ace Camp in Jaipur 
  • All tips for drivers, land agents, restaurants and others who help.

*Airport Pick-up is only for indicated dates.  Should you plan to arrive earlier to stay at the hotel you will be responsible for your own transfer fees.  We can help you arrange your transfer.

Optional on free days:

Ballooning over Rajasthan, visit an astrologer in Jantar Mantar, a visit to Dera Amer, visit the famous Chameliwala Bazaar, shopping or just rest. We will work with our land agent to help you provide bookings and transportation on your free days.

image: Heather Moore

image: Heather Moore

You will be sent a list of supplies to bring for your workshop with Heather Moore.

Fee:  $3269.00 USD - airfare is not included

Deposit:  $2000.00 USD - due when place in workshop is confirmed. 

Final Payment of $1269.00 USD due April 15, 2017

You will be sent information regarding your travel visa upon payment of deposit fees.

Transportation to Jaipur, India is not included.

There will be no refunds for this Ace Camp due to the planning and logistics involved. When you register be sure to know all you can about travelling to Northern India. 

Every participant will get an exclusive guide to the best shopping and restaurants Jaipur has to offer.

Every participant will get an exclusive guide to the best shopping and restaurants Jaipur has to offer.

  LOVE JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN by Fiona Caulfield will be sent to you after final payment is received.


LOVE JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN by Fiona Caulfield will be sent to you after final payment is received.

ACE CAMP IN JAIPUR, INDIA | notes from Angela

  • You are required to get a TOURIST VISA for this Ace Camp.  We will send you information upon registration.
  • India can be overwhelming for the first time visitor. It is not for the fearful traveler nor for the person who is not open to cultures, plans delayed, or a schedule which may go completely and utterly wacky. Participants in this Ace Camp should not be weary travellers. In a country of one billion-strong-and-growing, you will likely feel disoriented and overwhelmed, but that's part of the experience and fun.
  • If you prefer a journey free of hassle and without being hectic - this may not be the Ace Camp for you. Patience is a virtue in India. 
  • This is for the calm traveler, the person who wants to travel to India with the safety of a group - but it is also for the adventurer, the person who wants to feel all their senses.  India, as beautiful and exotic as it is can be frustrating.
  • If you have specific allergies (i.e. peanuts, wheat, gluten, dairy, etc.), it will be harder, but not impossible, for you to find food that suits your needs. Many dishes are prepared with garlic, dairy and yogurt is often used to temper the spicier dishes. If you have dietary issues you are on your own.  All meals will have vegetarian courses.
  • Consult a doctor, nurse or health care provider, or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel. (side note:  If you have any pending health concerns you should contact your health care provider prior to registration of this Ace Camp)

Should you have any questions prior to registration please ask here.

Our group will be staying at the Hotel Diggi Palace. Cars with drivers can be accessed through the front desk or our land agent to take you to various shops and restaurants. Hotel Diggi Palace is in the heart of Rajasthan's famous Pink City of Jaipur. Surrounded by acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this converted haveli built in the 1860s is a haven of peace and tranquility located 5 minutes from the bustling Old Walled City of Jaipur.

It is 14 kms from Jaipur Airport and 1.5 kms from the railway station.

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Day One

Travel Day – you will be picked up at the airport on the 28th of September, 2017.

Close to your departure and when your travel plans have been organized and sent to the Ace Camp administrator you will be sent a pick-up schedule. Let the adventure begin!

7:00pm  Meet and Greet - dinner at Hotel Diggi Palace. (time may change and is settled after we receive everyone's flight details)

Day Two

Breakfast 7:00 – 9:00am – at your leisure

10:00am The Blockprint Story – an introduction

The craft and history of hand block printing.

We will head to Amber, the old capital of Jaipur – a 40 minute drive. Visit Amber Fort Museum, Anokhi Museum of Block Printing.

Lunch at Caffe Palladio

After lunch ~ we will head to a paper making factory to learn how fabric is turned into paper -  followed by a visit to some of the more popular shops – Soma, Rasa, Anokhi to observe the range and variety of contemporary block prints.  

Dinner - TBD

Day Three

7:00 – 8:30am        BREAKFAST ~ at your leisure

9:00am    1st Day Workshop with Heather Moore (full day)
Basic principles of block printing, as well as ideas for creating design motifs. Demonstration of printing table setup and how to print.

12:30pm                  LUNCH    Diggi Palace  

1:30pm    After a demonstration of how to apply and cut a motif, students make a start at designing, cutting and printing with their own blocks.

7:00pm                   DINNER        Shveta and Kul (private home dinner) ~ GROUP 1 / TAPRI ~ GROUP 2

Day Four

7:00 – 8:30am        BREAKFAST ~ at your leisure

9:00am    2nd Day Workshop (1/2 day) with Heather Moore /afternoon free
Printing with blocks students created the day before, playing with placement and arrangement.
        Motif design and inspiration.
        You are welcome to stay in workshop area and continue with your printing for the afternoon during your “free” day.

1:00pm        Free afternoon - we can help you arrange a car for the afternoon for shopping should you wish or any other experience you would like to have in Jaipur. Our ground agent will help you with these details.

                   LUNCH – on own
                   DINNER – on own

Day Five

7:00 – 8:30am        BREAKFAST ~ at your leisure

9:00am    3rd Day Workshop (full day) with Heather Moore
Demonstration of how to create and cut a repeating design.

12:30pm            LUNCH        DIGGI PALACE 

1:30pm    Using existing experimental prints and blocks to print onto ready-made items and other final bits of fabric.

7:00pm            DINNER        Shveta and Kul (private home dinner) ~GROUP 2 / TAPRI ~ GROUP 1

Day Six

7:00 – 8:30am        BREAKFAST ~ at your leisure

9:30am    Mud Resist Printing and Indigo Dyeing Workshop in Bagru

Note:   Fabric will be provided for you during this workshop by the organizers in Bagru.

10:00am    Workshop starts with an introduction to Mud resist printing and indigo dyeing. The first half of the day spent learning Mud resist printing and Indigo dyeing 

1:00 to 2:00pm        LUNCH provided at location

2:00 to 5:00pm    Indigo dyeing, washing and finishing.

After workshop travel back to hotel.

                                DINNER – on  your own in Jaipur 

Day Seven

7:00 – 8:30am        BREAKFAST ~ at your leisure

9:30am    Block Printing Workshop in Bagru       

Note:  The organizers in Bagru will provide one cotton scarf to print on.  

10:00am    Workshop begins with introduction and orientation of the factory and knowledge about the different type of vegetable dyes which are used in printing.  You will learn the Bagru printing process so that you can understand their technique before starting your own block printing. 

12:30pm                   LUNCH will be provided on location 

1:00pm    Select ready carved wooden block from the     available blocks – and block print a scarf under the guidance of a senior skilled craftsman.  You will be taught about post printing process like boiling, dyeing, colour fixing and washing. 
7:30pm                      DINNER        Final dinner at a Palace Restaurant

Day Eight

Breakfast 7:00 – 9:00am – at your leisure

Free Day – a day to shop, re-visit some of your favorite sites or relax at the hotel.

You can even head to Dera Amer – 15 minutes outside the city – they will arrange your transportation and you can dine al fresco and ride elephants

Our land agent can help you with your choices. Dinner is on your own.  We tend to gather together at the hotel on the final night and relax.

Day Nine

Breakfast 7:00 – 9:00am – at your leisure

Day - Check out of hotel.

Drop off to the airport will be arranged after final travel arrangements have been sent to Ace Camps administration.

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.