7 Mar 2021 | 09:00 PM (IST) | 03:30 PM (UK) | 10:30 AM EST (USA) | 09:30 AM CST | 07:30 AM PST
Let's listen in Pabiben Rabari's and Hemal Maulesh Dave's word and voice.
Until 1995, Dhebaria Rabari women embroidered exclusively for themselves and their families. However, twenty years ago the elders of this nomadic tribe banned women from embroidering, as the time-consuming work on their wedding trousseau led to delayed marriages. Undeterred, the women turned to machine appliqué with trims and ribbons, towards a new aesthetic, which referenced the past. This new art is called ‘Hari Jari.’
Pabiben created her first prototype - the 'Pabi-Bag' - at a design programme in Kutch, (Kala Raksha Vidyalaya), aimed at reaching new markets by empowering artisans with ownership of the design process, and the bag became an instant hit. Each appliquéd bag is edged and lined with local block-printed natural-dyed cotton. The lining proudly bears her signature in Gujarati and English, a sign of authentic work made by Pabiben.com.
Today, Pabiben is the first woman craft-entrepreneur of Gujarat state, India. ARTISANS' is proud to represent her. In showcasing Pabiben's vibrant array of products, we celebrate a role model for future generations of women artisans.
Education: M.com and Master in Journalism & Mass communication.
She has 10 years of experience in corporate world as a branch development manager at HDFClife.
Her mission is to uplift poor and under privileged people, to be the primary support & platform for a civil society in order to create a better world and social justice.
She is Founder of Ojaswini Foundation, Anchor, drama & TV artist, Life, child and women counselor, Casual announcer in All India Radio, writer, columnist, interviewer in Doordarshan, motivational speaker, participated in many motivational short films. A Book reviewer, an orator, writer, columnist in a very prominent Gujarati magazine Cocktail Zindagi and Rajkot Mirror. I was awarded as a “Iron Lady of Rajkot” by Radio channel Red Fm 2017, Brahm nari ratn award in 2018 by Halwad brahm samaj , Nari ratna award by Bolbala trust and Brahm nari ratna award by Bhudev Seva Samity,Rajkot in 2019.
At present her main focus is regarding the issues related to women, child and life counseling, Protection against child sexual abusement and child labour, Traffic awareness, provide free sanitary pads in village areas, health and educational seminars, eye donation camps, parenting seminars, environment awareness, yoga center, storytelling projects in various corporation school, giving Swachchta kit to under privilege children etc.