Lalita Vakil is a Master Crafts Person specialising in Chamba Rumal Embroidery. Lalita uses her expertise to train the younger generation to learn the craft and therefore increase their employment opportunities.
Whereas traditionally Chamba Rumal Embroidery was done on only muslin, Lalita has developed new designs for fabrics such as silk, tussar and voile. Bringing together the traditional and the contemporary, her willingness to experiment and launching new designs has added a new life to this dying art.
Lalita has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in India and internationally to promote and preserve the art form of intricate and beautiful embroidery. Lalita was awarded the Shilp Guru & National Award in 2009, for which she has made five new innovative pieces of Chamba Rumal Embroidery highly appreciated by the ministry of textiles. v
Across her career, her work has been recognised extensively, including by the Government of India National Award in 1993, for the craft of Chamba Rumal Embroidery; ‘Best Craftswoman Award’ in Lucknow in 1995 by Governor of Uttar Pradesh; twice received the ‘Kala Shri’ award at Surajkund Crafts Mela (Haryana) 1998 and 2002 for the best craftsperson; and International Craft Awards Master Artisan (Female) of the year 2017 from Smt. Menka Gandhi Indian Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development.