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Shakil Ahmed Kasambhai Khatri
Batik, 2009

Mundra
Ta. Mundra Kutch

+91 94288 96230
shakil.khatri2009@gmail.com

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Shakil’s family, from Mundra city, has been printing traditional Batik work for five generations. Until 2004, they were famous as the Ghaniwlas, a joint family of 70 people. Today, Shakil’s immediate family has a separate Batik workshop.

Shakil completed most of his studies in Mundra. He liked drawing, but not mathematics. However, he handled the business part of his craft while he was studying. Shakil learned batik from his father and uncle when he was 17. His drawing skill helped him prepare new block designs, his specialty. Shakil also likes traditional designs, and has collected many examples. He feels that tradition is a gift of his forefathers, and a way of work and life. Above all, it provides artisans an independent livelihood opportunity.

Shakil feels that the market for craft is ever expanding. However, industrialization around Mundra exacerbated the labour problem and lowered the quality of work.

Further, he feels that batik is little known, and he wants to break this isolation and mainstream his craft. Understanding the importance of design, Shakil took the KRV course, and graduated in 2009, winning awards for both Best Presentation and Best student.

After graduating, Shakil has ventured into new markets as an artist in his own right. With effort, he balances his ongoing production work with smaller boutique craft of his own design and print, which he does to satisfy his own love of design and craft.

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"Tradition runs in our blood and we can develop it further with the use of new technologies"

"Batik is little known, and he wants to break this isolation and mainstream his craft"

Shakil, 2009