MEET THE MASTERS

An introduction to the virtuoso designers and master artisans who will personally guide you through India’s rich traditional hand craft and contemporary design landscape. Through intimate learning sessions, intensive workshops, hands-on crafts training, industry secrets and more. 


INDIA BY HAND MASTERS

Ashdeen Z Lilaowala
Fashion, Textiles, Embroidery

 

Derawalas of Bagru
Handblock Printing

 

Gaurav Jai Gupta
Fashion, Textiles

 

The Kalna Weavers
Handloom Weaving

 

RASA Jaipur
Fashion and Textile Design

 

Riddhi Jain
Natural Dyeing, Textile Art

 

Sarthak and Sahil
Product Design, Sustainability

Suket Dhir
Fashion Design

 

 
Ashdeen

Ashdeen Z Lilaowala

Try your hand at intricate traditional embroidery techniques with award winning designer, travel writer and scholar Ashdeen Lilaowala. Ashdeen is renowned for his work with the traditional Gara embroidery of India’s fire-worshipping Parsi community and has dressed global icons like Oprah Winfrey and Amitabh Bachchan.

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A student of fashion design tries her hand at Gara embroidery


 
Bagru Derawala

Derawalas of Bagru

Get hands-on training in the ancient craft of hand block printing with the Derawala family from Bagru, Rajasthan – standard-bearers of the discipline for generations. Learn from the masters as they create vibrant, mesmerising textile in front of you, using traditional hand carving, all natural dyes, fasteners and fabric, and hand skill honed by centuries of practice.

 

Students immersed in their hand block printing session at Bagru


 
Gaurav Jai Gupta

Gaurav Jai Gupta 

Take part in an intensive, goal-oriented project with designer maker Gaurav Jai Gupta, globally acclaimed for his contemporary luxury textile creations and innovative use of material.  Learn about Gaurav’s end-to-end approach, starting with handcrafting yarn on a traditional hand loom, to the final, runway-ready creation.  

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Designer-maker Gaurav Jai Gupta takes an engrossed audience through his creative process


 
Kalna Weavers

The Kalna Weavers 

Visit Kalna, Bengal, to watch master weaver Jyotish Debnath practise the intricate fine craft of weaving the world’s lightest, finest cotton fabric. The strands are so thin that they can only be worked on at dawn or after sundown because the afternoon heat wilts it. The final product is so fine that a two metre fabric passes through a wedding ring, liquid-like.  

 

Master weaver Jyotish Debnath sits at his hand loom


 
Lac Bangle Maker Jaipur

Lac Bangle Makers of Jaipur 

Visit the home of master bangle makers Imtiyaz and Akhalaq to see them conjure up ornaments, watched over by their mother, in vivid colour and hypnotic swirling patterns. Using lacca resin, blocks of natural dye in RGB, a coal brazier, and practiced ease that only comes with decades of dedication to their craft, and generations of inherited knowledge.

 

Lac bangles being created live at an India By Hand session


 
Madhulika Tibrewal

RASA Jaipur

An interactive session at RASA Jaipur with designers Madhulika and Manish Tibrewal, acclaimed for the design interventions and multi-disciplinary influences they bring to the ancient hand block printing process, incorporating intricate embroidery patterns, paisley motifs and contemporary influences. 

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Manish Tibrewal on traditional processes and design applications at an India By Hand workshop


 
Riddhi Jain

Riddhi Jain

Learn the fine craft of pole wrapping and natural dyeing techniques from award-winning textile artist Riddhi Jain, whose quietly stunning creations have won her laurels worldwide. She is also a sustainable design pioneer, upcycling waste thread to create her acclaimed Re Collection of home textile.

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Hands on natural dyeing sessions with master textile designer Riddhi Jain


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Sarthak and Sahil

Attend an intimate session with sustainability pioneers Sarthak and Sahil who spin leftover fabric from cloth mills into ropes to create vibrant contemporary furniture and centrepieces. Sarthak and Sahil are proponents of a proprietary “Zero Kilometer® Design” concept that involves local craftsmanship and artisans in all their designs.

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Learn the ropes of sustainable design with innovators Sahil and Sarthak

Learn the ropes of sustainable design with innovators Sahil and Sarthak


Suket Dhir

Suket Dhir 

Visit International Woolmark Prize winner Suket Dhir’s atelier for a personalised, guided tour from the designer himself, and a fascinating walkthrough of his creative influences, from Karnataka’s near extinct Kasuti embroidery, Sanganeri print, Ikat fabric and the paintings of René Magritte.

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A lighter moment at an in-depth, interactive session


INDIA BY HAND TOURS

APPRENTICE

Expert-guided, hands-on, learning and inspiration tours for students of fashion, design, art, graphics and photography.

 

CONNOISSEUR

Curated inspiration tours for travellers with an eye for design, craft, art, fashion, travel.

 

LUXE

Bespoke itineraries, royal hospitality and ultra exclusive experiences for luxury travellers.


CUSTOMISE YOUR TOUR

India By Hand tours can be designed specifically around your interests.
Email booking@gormei.com or Whatsapp +85296307513 for a free consultation. 


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