Learn Textile Traditions

Somaiya Kala Vidya offers workshops and courses in textile traditions including weaving, block printing, batik, bandhani, embroidery, appliqué and patchwork.

Taught by expert traditional artisans of Kutch who are educated in design and business, workshops and courses offer richly rewarding experiences in understanding traditions and broadening the comprehension of art, craft and design.

Somaiya Kala Vidya does not levy fees from women artisan participants, and takes a token fee from the men artisan students. Fees from the Textile Traditions workshops and courses contribute to the operation of the institute.

"I was skeptical, but the Somaiya Kala Vidya workshops were the best part of the trip. They gave me a whole new appreciation of craft."

Claire Pratt, 2014


SKV workshops for design and textile enthusiasts focus on concept and techniques of textile arts of Kutch. Taught by master traditional artisans who have graduated from a design program, and coordinated by Founder Director Judy Frater, workshops can be for the duration of 1 day, 2 days, or 5 days.

Participants learn age-old traditional techniques, and uses of color, form and pattern. Working with the traditional artisans, they appreciate concept as well as learn skills.

In-depth Courses

For those who want a more in-depth experience, Somaiya Kala Vidya offers a 22-day course in Textile Traditions of Kutch. Master artisans who have graduated from a design program, and undergone teacher training are well prepared to teach. Coordinated by Founder Director Judy Frater, the course is a rare opportunity to learn craft traditions from traditional artisans themselves, within an academic structure and with academic rigor.

The Course is divided into 6 hands-on sessions, which together provide an understanding of craft skills and the deep traditional knowledge that supports them. Each participant choses a craft and specializes in it.

Through taking the course, participants:
» Learn a traditional technique
» Learn a traditional aesthetic style
» Understand traditional art as a combination of aesthetics and skills
» Experience a traditional system of learning and expressing
» Understand traditional art as an integrated part of life that expresses a world view
» Gain a perspective of their own culture

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"The quality of education was awesome."

Ankita Patadiya

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"It was an opportunity to learn weaving from the weavers and understand this craft traditionally."

Rimpal Patel