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Laxmiben Kalyanji Puvar
Suf Embroidery, BMA 2014

Mandvi, Kutch 370 435

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Design Craft > Members > Laxmiben Kalyanji Puvar DC Profile

Laxmiben's family migrated from Sindh in 1972, and settled in Faradi, where she was born. Her father used to work in the nearby Bidada hospital. Six or seven years ago be began a ration shop for their section of the village, about 20-25 homes. Laxmiben is the third of four siblings. Her elder brother's wife, her grandmother and an unmarried uncle also live with the family. Laxmi studied to 7th grade, after which she had to leave school as there was no higher education in the village. She liked school, especially Hindi and English, and received awards for games, and memory. Laxmiben learned embroidery from her mother, after finishing school. Since they did not embroider for wages, she says, she did not consider it important. After that, she did commercial work for about six years. She gave the earnings to her family, but knew she could ask for money for herself if she wanted anything. "A good artisan thinks of everything," Laxmi says "--new ideas, designs." She dreamed of becoming a designer and teaching others.

In 2011, Laxmi studied at Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya. She had seen the KRV Fashion Show in 2007 and was impressed. She says that at first her family was wary of her going to KRV, but they support her education and quickly agreed, partly because she had traveled outside. “I learned to think in another way, to consider the market. I learned to do asymmetry with balance so it doesn't look unfinished."

After graduating, Laxmiben served as a mentor at KRV, and in 2013, she joined as Permanent Faculty. In 2014 Laxmiben became a Faculty member of Somaiya Kala Vidya, and joined the Business and Management for Artisans course. “We really learned when we produced the exhibition. This time we spent on raw material," she explains. "So we are invested. We are thinking of marketability.” Laxmi wants to keep making new designs. "I want a high-end market, and I want to do custom work. We can avoid competition by varying product," she says. "In healthy competition, all win.”

For 2015, Laxmiben embroidered a home collection based on butterflies. After presenting to the SKV jury, and participating in a public seminar, Laxmiben received her certificate in Business and Management for Artisans from Somaiya Kala Vidya on 31 January, 2015.

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"I learned to think in another way, to consider the market. I learned to do assymetry with balance so it doesn't look unfinished."