What do I need to bring?
There is no special equipment or tools you will need to bring. All workshop equipment will be provided. However, you may prefer to bring your own general sewing supplies like embroidery scissors, fabric scissors, needles etc. Don’t forget to pack your glasses and any medications that you may need!
India has three seasons, summer, winter and monsoon. It does get cold in northern India, especially in the desert areas of Rajasthan, so bring a few warm clothes with you. A rain poncho is always useful and light. There are some culturally sensitive sites that we may visit like some mosques and temples, so in these instances long sleeved tops or a shawl for ladies are useful. Sunblock, hats and sunglasses are recommended and you need to ensure you carry any medications (sufficient for your trip) with you. Expandable bags will be useful because you will be shopping!
We suggest that you bring easy slip-on shoes or sandals to wear when visiting the monuments as there is a need to remove shoes at many places as a sign of respect.
It is not recommended to tip with cash at the workshops however small gifts items to the teachers is appropriate. Colouring in pencils and books for the grandmothers who will be teaching us, coin purses, crochet doilies are some suggestions of gifts.
We will also be visiting a local school in a local village in Bhuj. We will meet the children and make a gift to the school. Please let us know if you would like to participate in this.
Do I need to bring cash with me?
It is recommended that you bring some cash in Indian Rupees (INR). ATM facilities are available at multiple locations throughout the area where you can withdraw the cash in INR. Most hotels offer a reasonable exchange rates. Visa/Mastercard/American Express cards are widely accepted in most locations. It is the responsibility of individual guests to organise their cards/travel money during the travel.