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Pabiben Lakshman
Rabari Embroidery

Anjar
Ta. Anjar, Kutch

+91 9998782932
pabiben@gmail.com

Design Craft > Members > Pabiben Lakshman DC Profile

Pabiben Lakhman is from the nomadic Dhebaria Rabari community. The eldest of three sisters, when her father mysteriously died while tending the herds, Pabiben had to raise her younger siblings. She regretted not being able to go to school. Dhebaria Rabaris were known for the most elaborate and intricate embroidery in Kutch. Pabiben learned embroidery from her mother, but before she could make her dowry pieces, the elders of her community banned the making and wearing of embroidery for personal use. They blamed increasing dowries for late transfer of bride’s to their in-laws’ homes.

Dhebaria women acquiesced, but soon enough invented a brilliant substitute: “Hari Jari,” the machine application of ready made materials. Pabiben soon became a master of this work, too.

When Pabiben was almost twenty, Kala Raksha came to her native village Kukadsar, and set up a producer group. Pabiben began to earn through embroidery. Intelligent as well as skilled, she soon became the local teacher in the Kala Raksha basic education program. She travelled all over India to help sell her group’s work.

When Judy Frater thought to use Dhebaria fashion in the contemporary market. Pabiben made the first sample.

The bags were a huge international success. They were dubbed "Pabi bags" and now bear Pabiben’s signature.

Today Pabiben works independently with her husband They have a website and a Facebook page and sell Pabi bags all over the world.

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"The bags were a huge international success. They were dubbed 'Pabi bags' and now bear Pabiben’s signature."

Pabiben, 2015