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Varshaben Uttambhai
Suf and Kharek Embroidery, 2008

Sumrasar-Sheikh
Ta. Bhuj

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Design Craft > Members > Varshaben Uttambhai DC Profile

Varshaben was born in Sumrasar Sheikh, to parents who migrated from Nagar Parkar, Pakistan, in 1972. She studied to 7th grade, but no other girls would accompany her to Bhuj for further study. From an early age Varsha had a pension for embroidery. She learned suf from her mother when she was in 5th grade, and would come home at recess to stitch with her two elder sisters. She began working with Kala Raksha as soon as she had learned suf well, and through the organization attended exhibitions across India.

Varshaben likes to create patterns. She learns directly, drawing inspiration from dowry collections. But she knows that only unique work brings praise. She sees new designs in her mind and always does her own design.
Varshaben feels that the importance of suf embroidery is social and cultural—and it satisfies the need to decorate. For her, it is an art. She feels that if designs keep evolving, suf will flourish.

Varshaben will not reveal her dreams to anyone, but she hopes to learn tailoring and computer skills.

In 2008, she studied design at Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya.

After graduating, Varsha created new designs for Kala Raksha. In 2013, she participated in the Co-Creation Squared fashion show in Mumbai, embroidering Anju Modi’s designs, and collaborating with Dayabhai Kudecha.

Today, she has fulfilled a dream of becoming independent, working with her mother Hariyaben, a graduate of the Somaiya Kala Vidya Business and Management for Artisans course, under their brand Kaam Bole.

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"She knows that only unique work brings praise. She sees new designs in her mind and always does her own design"

Varshaben, 2008