What Avani do...
With her base in Ahmedabad, India’s first UNESCO world heritage city, Avani Varia is professionally associated with main stream businesses, non-profits, educational institutes, design houses, museums, experts, artists and craftsmen communities across the country. Her formal education in design and teaching, with a Master’s in Arts & Heritage Management from London has helped her work in various professional capacities. She has been working as an educator, designer, curator, mentor, strategic planner, researcher, manager, travel companion and an Artist. For her utlising traditional skill for contemporary need based products is very important to sustain the local heritage and with this motivation she also caters to bespoke designing, sampling and production of goods for international clients by Indian makers. Her services include:
- Curatorial consultation.
- Experiential travel.
- Hands-on workshops.
- Healing through Art sessions.
- Lectures & Seminars.
- Mentoring to students & professionals.
- Research & documentation.
- Strategic planning.
Why You Choose Avani...
Avani strives to offer the best solution for client requirements and practical advice at a modest price. She works directly with makers and provides them with professional support and fair wages.
Through creative inputs, Avani brings enthusiasm and dedication to every project she works for. She listens, she discusses, she advises and mostly gets involved with only 2 projects at a time. Choose Avani if you want a professional who cares and is committed for each clientele.
I have found Avani to be a very methodical and conscientious professional. She has the ability to spot the weakness of the organization and strengthen it. She is a hard working person.
Avani is a very committed and passionate young lady. She is very creative and resourceful and thinks on her feet. It has been fun and a pleasure working with her. I wish her great success in all her creative endeavors in the future.
Avni is a very inspirational individual, a talented leader and organiser that takes a project from concept to completion and makes it a success.
I was working with avani in 4th ICEE. She is very helpful and passionate towards her work.
It is a pleasure for me to recommend Avani. She worked for me as research assistant and translator throughout all stages of my project in Ahmedabad in 2013 and 2014. I found her to be professional all times, helpful and supportive, and not afraid to share her thoughts and opinions on the local knowledge and cultural subtleties. I recommend her highly and look forward to working with her again.
Avni is a passionate art craft heritage revivalist based in Ahmedabad,Gujarat,India.Through her craft,culture and heritage based initiatives Avni enhances and gives platform to Indian rural artisans. Her initiative aadhar heritage film festival in ahmedabad promotes and screens craft based documentary films exposing urban people to the rich lifestyles,cultures,traditions and beautiful workmanship of Indian Kaarigars and the same time gives a fair chance to young talented students entrepreneurs to showcase their skills and talents through these film festivals and several events managed in & out of Ahmadabad. I salute such women who dare to do something different and spread awareness through their initiatives. I wish her all the very best and hope i can add some value contribute to her initiative some day . Warm Regards neha
Avni joined Khamir while i was entrusted to work there as mentor. she was recruited to provide not only design inputs but also to create earning opportunities for craftsmen of Kutch. She did her job with all the seriousness and with the empathy the job demanded. she did her work independently and was instrumental in changing lives of many artisan. I find her a lady with clear concepts and a zeal to make an impact. she is outspoken and very clear in her perception of objectives. i wish her luck in whatever she undertakes in future life
Avni and I have worked together on an international exhibition of Indian crafts. I love her passion for crafts and working with artisan communities. She is great as a colleague - passionate about her work, professional, confident, and excellent team player.
I wrote an article about the design school run by the Varia family. I would recommend the Avni and her family for any design related projects.
Avni is very detailed oriented. She is also very creative and has strong artistic talent.
I came across Avni while I spent a week at Khamir, an NGO in Bhuj, Kutch, in November 2007. Avani is creative, energetic, and well organized. Avni would be an asset to any organization whether as an employee or as a consultant.
I learnt the art of hand spinning cotton on the charkha from Avni and she is an amazing teacher and guide. The experience of spinning cotton is very calming. Avni guided me through each and every little step of it very patiently. From how to open the portable box charkha to spin cotton, from cleaning the parts to oiling it and winding spun yarn.
It is nice to recommend Ms Avani Varia for her contribution towards the heritage and arts-related projects especially her initiatives for Ahmedabad the first World Heritage City of India. She is an enthusiastic professional self-motivated with her works in the area of education, research, design and tourism to safeguard Heritage and Arts apace with sustainable income generation. I am aware of her programs ‘Museums of Ahmedabad’ and ‘The Heritage Film Festival’ that are germinated from the city and now growing at India and international level. Such programs are very much required for creating awareness amongst the citizens (keeping children and youth as focus) and sensitize them to actively participate for promotion and conservation of India’s Heritage and Arts. Her multi-skilled personality and diverse experience is an asset for her clients as well as to India.
It has been a pleasure to have worked with Avani and our association stretches back to our meeting in UK. Avani is an inspirational individual with a plethora of initiatives under her wings, she is an excellent resource person for heritage arts and crafts, a well groomed educator and a passionate activist. Her latest endeavor in reviving Charkha and the art hand spinning brings out the patriot amongst us.
Avani Varia is a great human being, I believe that is the most important virtue one has to have to do anything they want to. because of her humanitarian values, she is easy to work with, excellent in approaching people of all levels and is definitely a great expert in her fields of art and crafts heritage. She is an inspirer and effortlessly brings people closer to their forgotten heritage. it was indeed a pleasure working with her and I would look for more opportunities to repeat these experiences.