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AGES 6+ | SAT, APR 30 | 4-7 PM | INR 1800



A passionate craftslover

Shubhra Singh is a designer, also trained as an architect. She is inclined towards research, writing & documentation, storytelling, visual narratives, etc. She works in the roles of a designer, an educator, a researcher, and a full-time learner. She practices Hand Spinning and Ply-Split Braiding. Her prime area of interest is exploring traditional realms: Crafts, Communities, Cultures, and Ways of living.

Shubhra has been associated with the Craft of Camel Belt Making utilising the technique of Ply-Split Braiding for 7-8 years now, through research followed by practice. This blissfully includes nearly 3 years of learning from her wonderful teacher Erroll Pires Nelson and sharing the joys of Braiding.


 meditate with your hands
the craft of camel belt making through ply-split braiding

The craft of Camel Belt Making is ancient and on the decline for its intended use. Practiced by craftspersons in the western desert region of India, the craft utilizes a lesser known, non-loom technique known as Ply-Split Braiding.


The purpose of this programme is to provide an opportunity to participants to dive into the rich craft traditions of India through Ply-Split Braiding. The programme proposes to make learning fun by following a hands-on, learning-by-doing, tactile experience. Participants would get to understand the basics of the technique and the material. It would empower them with the skill and ability to create and manifest their own thoughts into a physical reality.


The program would be helpful in inculcating mindfulness and sensitivity, enhancing concentration and instilling a meditative quality through tactile experience. It would provide a scope for realising the value of time and pace, beauty of creation, development of skills and patience. And ultimately, keeping the craft and technique alive and flourishing, by sharing the joys of Braiding with those who wish to learn, practice, share and spread the Joys of Braiding further ahead.

Orient yourself with the basic techniques of Plain Oblique Twining (POT) and Single-Course Oblique Twining (SCOT) to create sample keychains. Also learn the 8-strand square braiding technique.



  • For eager hands & inquisitive minds yearning to acquire a new skill (Ages 6+)

  • For new-world folks trying to find creative ways to calm down & focus

  • For designers wanting to integrate a vanishing traditional textile technique into their portfolios


  • Get introduced to a disappearing traditional art

  • Experience an introspective tranquility as hands shift base from electronic devices to simple tools

  • Integrate insights about ply-split techniques, varieties of yarn, product ideas, etc. into your work


1. What resources do I need to bring for this class?


​Happy hands, and an inquisitive mind. The Hive will provide the remaining material for the workshop. Don't forget to bring your masks and sanitizers along.

2. What safety precautions will be taken at The Hive?

We will be working in small groups. Masks are recommended when indoors or within close proximity. However, the participants are responsible for their own health & safety.


Sat, Apr 30


4:00 - 7:00 pm


INR 1800

Cancellation Policy: In the unlikely event of The Hive cancelling any of its programmes for any reason, registered participants will be refunded the entire amount within 15 business days. Course dropouts by participants will be eligible for refund as follows: 30+ days before the event - 75% refund; 15-30 days before the event: 50% refund; less than 15 days - 0% refund. Attendee changes can be accommodated up to 14 days prior to the event.

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