Pabiben Rabari is from Bhadroi Village in Anjar Taluka of Kutch, Gujarat. She started embroidery work at an early age and invented a new embroidery art form called 'Hari Jari'. Rabari formed a company to produce a line of shopping bags called the Pabi Bag that is used in many Bollywood and Hollywood Movies.
Pabiben Rabari didn’t just rise above financial adversity, but also overcame social stigma attached with working women in rural communities to make a name herself
Pabiben Rabari didn’t just rise above financial adversity, but also overcame social stigma attached with working women in rural communities to make a name for herself.
Hailing from the Bhadroi village in the arid region of Kutch in Gujarat, Pabiben Rabari started out as a daily wager earning one rupee for fetching water. Today, she is the entrepreneur behind the pabiben.com website with customers and admirers around the globe. She has empowered more than 160 women in her community to make a career for themselves.
It wouldn't be inaccurate to say that Pabiben Lakhman Rabari is synonymous with Rabari embroidery. The nomadic artisan and Gujarat's first female craft entrepreneur has been instrumental in taking her community, Dhebaria Rabari's embroidery — characterised by chain stitches and mirror work — from their haunts to international markets. In fact, one of Pabiben's creations, the eponymous 'Pabi Bag', is a runaway success both in India and abroad.