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Sajnuben Pachanbhai Rabari
Dhebaria Rabari Embroidery, BMA 2014

Mundra, Kutch

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Sajnuben was born in Lodai and married in Kukadsar. Until the end of 2007 she migrated with the family's herd of 250 goats and sheep in the region near the village. But during the monsoon of that year, the entire herd died in an epidemic. The family settled in Kukadsar and now her husband earns a living doing labour work.

Sajnuben learned embroidery from her mother. Her natal family also migrated, as far as Madhya Pradesh, and she would embroider at home when they returned. She had completed her dowry collection when the nath, community elders, banned embroidery. She still remembers the dress she had embroidered for a daughter, which was never worn. She recalls how they wondered what to do when the ban was imposed. They worried about how they could have celebrations without embroidery? For a year they secretly wore embroidered clothes, but in constant fear of the nath. They removed their ornaments in fear, but continued to embroider. They thought the ban would be lifted, but the nath came to inspect, and then they gave up embroidery for good. Then they thought of trims. They did one, then 2, then 3.

Good design is something new, always innovating, Sajnuben feels. Embroidery is art, she says. “It used to be more important than gold and silver.” But their heritage is lost. Today children go to school. Since the earthquake of 2001, Sajnuben embroidered for Kala Raksha. That was the only future for embroidery that she saw. Sajnuben dreamed of learning new ways. You need a mind, she says. In 2010, she studied at Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya.

Sajnuben got orders on her KRV collection, and participated in Co-Creation Squared. She created the logo for Sangam.  In 2014, she joined the Somaiya Kala Vidya BMA Course because she wanted to advance. “We need business. We know the day by the moon and stars. Now I need to learn numbers, calendar and clock.” For 2015, Sajnuben created a home collection based on the theme Navratri. After presenting to the SKV jury, and participating in a public seminar, Sajnuben received her certificate in Business and Management for Artisans from Somaiya Kala Vidya on 31 January, 2015.

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"If we do something new we can advance. I enjoyed it and now I want to do new things."