“Hello friends! I am Hayat Gutti from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India. My friends describe me as a confident person; hardworking, honest and helpful .
“Since my childhood, I have been interested in batik work. My family has been in this tradition for many years now. In fact, my grandfather is one of the pioneers in batik work, and I am so fortunate to inherit this work from my grandfather and father. Besides batik, my grandfather and father also specialized in kalamkari, screen printing and block printing. My grandfather is the first person who started this artwork, and along with my father, he introduced it to all of the villagers. He is a great craftsman, and always had a keen desire to do more and more in the field of crafts. At present, approximately 75% of the villagers are doing this work. We believe that knowledge grows by sharing.
“I am inspired by my grandfather and father. I want to become just like them and follow in their footsteps. When I started batik work, I had to make a woodblock . But at that time I did not have proper tools for making it. At that time, I used a cutter and a knife. I made the designs and people liked it very much. I was very happy, and my grandfather and father were also very happy to see that. They appreciated me, which means a lot to me.
“We have a small workshop where all family members work together with the local people who are interested in this art work. Working with us is a source of employment for a lot of people, especially a lot of women who don’t have a source of income, or who are not able to go out of their houses. These women work with us part-time.
“We know our work well, and always try to give our best. We concentrate on the quality even if it takes a lot of time. We don't compromise on the quality. An artist is known only on the basis of their quality of work. We work with both cotton and silk fabrics. Our batik wax is re-useable, which is the greatest thing in our art work. We try to create something rare and unique every time. But at times selling our goods is very difficult , because there are very few people who understand the value of ‘art’.
“I have learned this craft to carry forward the work of my ancestors, so that the art does not become extinct. I wish to create a name for myself and my ancestors. I am thankful to Novica for giving me an opportunity to exhibit my work to the whole world.”