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Pabiben Rabari Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Kukadsar, Gujarat
Husband: Laxman Bhai Rabari
Age: 36 Years

Pabiben Rabari

Bio/Wiki
Full namePabiben Laxmi Rabari [1]Artisans' Centre
ProfessionEntrepreneur
Famous ForPabiben.com, an artisan brand based in Bhadroi village, Anjar taluk, Kutch district, Gujarat
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Career
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Honoured with a memento by Gujarat's Chief Minister Vijay Rupani for her outstanding contribution in the field of handicrafts (2020)
Pabiben Rabari being honoured by Chief Minister of Gujarat
• Honoured with an award for her special achievements in the field of handicrafts by Wings Group Gandhidham (2020)
Pabiben Rabari receiving award from Wings Group Gandhidham
• Awarded by FICCI (2019)
Pabiben Rabari receiving Award at FICCI
• International Craft Award at India Craft Week (2019)
Pabiben Rabari receiving International Craft Award
• Mahila Shakti Award By ASSOCHAM (2018)
Pabiben Rabari receiving Mahila Shakti Award
• Prerna Award (2018)
Pabiben Rabari receiving her Prerna Award
• National Award for Outstanding Performance in Rural Business (2018)
Pabiben Rabari receiving her National Award
• IMC Ladies’ Wing Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar (2016)
Pabiben Rabari receiving her Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar
• Quality Mark Women Award by Ahmedabad-based trust at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar (2016)
Pabiben receiving her Quality Mark Women Award
• Mahila Udhyami Award by Hari Om Ashram
• Swayam Siddha award by GCCI
• Nari Shakti Award by Gujarat Government
• Best Rural Entrepreneur by Ministry of MSME, Government of India
• NABARD Excellence in Business Initiative Award
• My FM Jiyo Dil Se Award
Pabiben receiving My FM Jiyo Dil Se Award
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear 1984
Age (as of 2020) 36 Years
BirthplaceKukadsar village, Mundra taluka, Kutch district, Gujarat, India
NationalityIndian
HometownKukadsar village, Mundra taluka, Kutch district, Gujarat, India
SchoolShe attended a school in her neighbouring village.
Educational QualificationClass IV Dropout [2]Indian Express
CasteShe belongs to Dhebariya Rabari community, a tribal caste of nomadic cattle and camel herders and shepherds. [3]The Better India
Tattoo(s)She has traditional Rabari tattoos of symbols on her neck, breast, and hands.
A Picture of Pabiben Rabari in which some of her tattoos can be seen
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Family
Husband/SpouseLaxmi Bhai Rabari
Pabiben with her husband
ChildrenSon(s)- She has two sons.
Pabiben Rabari with her family
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Mobhi (died when she was 5)
Mother- Tejuben
SiblingsShe has two younger sisters.

Pabiben Rabari

Some Lesser Known Facts About Pabiben Rabari

  • Pabiben Rabari is an Indian entrepreneur. She is famous for being the founder of the Artisan brand Pabiben.com, which is based in Bhadroi village in Anjar taluk of Kutch district.
  • After her father died, her mother took the role of breadwinner for the family. She wanted to help her mother and started working as a fetcher of water for villagers at just Rs. 1. With time, she started working at salt pans and did ‘lippan’ clay art to earn more. Subsequently, she also began learning the traditional Rabari embroidery from her mother and grandmother. Soon, she started making clothes for herself and shawls for men.

    Pabiben doing traditional Rabari embroidery

    Pabiben doing traditional Rabari embroidery

  • She got married at the age of seventeen to a cattle rearer from the jungles of Chattisgarh named Laxman. After her marriage, she lived with her husband in the jungles, but she soon convinced him to return to her homeland when she couldn’t adjust to the environment. Back in her hometown, she settled with her husband in Bhadroi village, where her husband started working at a grocery store in Anjar Market. When Pabiben started her business, he left his job to support her.
  • Her community used to follow a custom in which women created embroidered pieces as dowry to take them to their husband’s home. The custom often resulted in a girl staying at her parental home till she got 35 years old sometimes. When the village elders realized that the custom is leading to delayed marriages, the embroidery was banned; this happened in the 1990s.
  • Pabiben wanted the custom to thrive and began working with Kala Raksha Trust, an organization working for the preservation of art in Bhuj. For twelve years, she was a member of the group.
  • Pabiben joined a group of women of the Rabari community and soon became famous as the master artisan of the group. With them, she invented Hari Jari, an art form with a machine application of ready-made elements like ribbons, beads, etc. Soon, the art became popular as Pabi Jari. The very first piece made out of the newly-invented art was a shopping bag. The bag was admired so much by the people that it earned the moniker ‘Pabi Bag.’

    Pabi Bag by Pabiben

    Pabi Bag by Pabiben

  • Pabiben has also worked with Judy Frater, founder-director of Somaiya Kala Vidya (an organization serving traditional artisans from Kutch, Gujarat). Talking about her in an interview, Judy said,

    One day, when l was about to take a trip to the US, I told Pabiben that some day she should make a bag for me. She made it before my departure so I took it with me. People loved it so much that we decided to produce and market more such bags. I named it the ‘Pabi Bag’, and the rest is history.”

  • After the rise of Bhuj’s economy post the 2001 Bhuj earthquake, traditional art and handicraft also found national and international markets. During the White Rann Festivals, tourist activities increased, which created an opportunity for her in getting work from traders, who would provide her with materials and designs. After some time, she decided to become independent and began making her own products. She founded her brand and website ‘Pabiben.com’ in 2015. To increase her reach, she started attending exhibitions in various cities of India. Her first big order was of Rs. 70,000 from a store in Ahmedabad. In 2015, she also received grants from the Gujarat Government. In 2019, her brand recorded a turnover of over Rs. 25 lakh. [4]Deccan Herald
  • She works with the women of her community, employing 160 families, and has produced a variety of items like purses and bags, toiletry kits, dhurries, files, quilts, cushion covers, etc. Her designs are sold at various places in the globe which include US-based Smithsonian Institution, Vastra, Taj Group of Hotels and Resorts apart from museums, heritage shops, and designers.
  • Her designs were also featured in the Bollywood film Luck by Chance (2009) and Hollywood film The Other End of The Line (2008).

    Actress Holding the Pabi Bag on her hand in a scene from The Other End of The Line (2008)

    Actress Holding the Pabi Bag on her hand in a scene from The Other End of The Line (2008)

  • In 2013, Pabiben became one of the 3,000 artisans from across the world to be invited to the Santa Fe Folk Art Festival, Santa Fe, USA. However, she couldn’t attend the event because she couldn’t get a visa.
  • Pabiben has also been a part of the International Buyer Seller Meet in Ahmedabad, Design Workshop with Vietnamese artisans in Delhi, and exhibition at India International Centre, New Delhi.

    Pabiben at the International Buyer Seller Meet in Ahmedabad

    Pabiben at the International Buyer Seller Meet in Ahmedabad

  • In her journey as an entrepreneur, her husband always laid his full support to her. Many ridiculed her husband for letting her work outside of the home and go to other villages to sell items when women (in the community) were not even allowed to step out of their homes. Talking about it in an interview, her husband said,

    Initially, people would badger me saying ‘Your wife will leave the community’, but I would retort, ‘I trust her.’ Today, those same people are proud of her success and the changes she has brought to our community.”

    Talking about her husband in an interview, Pabiben said,

    Giving up was never an option for me, no matter how hard the circumstances. Each of us is fighting our own battles. But as long as we are determined to remain steadfast, we will reach our goal. My husband has been a pillar of support in my life. In a community where women are not supposed to step outside the home, he stood with me as I chased my dream. They say that behind every successful man is a woman, but in my case, it is clearly my husband who deserves this credit”

  • The 2017 book ‘Millionaire Housewives: From Homemakers to Wealth Creators’ by Rinku Paul and Puja Singhal, which is based on the success stories of twelve female entrepreneurs in India, also chronicles the story of Phabiben.
    International Buyer Seller Meet in Ahmedabad
  • In 2018, Pabiben’s story was documented as a part of the promotions of the Bollywood film ‘Sui Dhaaga.’

  • Pabiben is a part of Kaarigar Clinic, an initiative by Nilesh Priyadarshi, helping artisans become successful entrepreneurs. The initiative includes artisans like Pabiben, Jabbar Khatri (a traditional block printer), Rajiben Vankar (a traditional weaver from Kotay village), and Jyotsanaben (A painter doing textile art of Mata Ni Pachhedi). When artisans faced problems during the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic introduced ‘The Local Gift Boxes’ campaign, which helped them during the economic recession in India.

    Artisans working with Kaarigar Clinic

    Artisans working with Kaarigar Clinic

  • In 2021, she made an appearance alongside Anupam Kher in the Karamveer Special of Kaun Banega Crorepati, which airs on Sony TV and is hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.

    Pabiben Rabari in Kaun Banega Crorepati

    Pabiben Rabari in Kaun Banega Crorepati

  • Pabiben says that she has a lucky bag that she carries with her wherever she goes.