Lalita Vakil
Vakil in 2022
Known forChamba Rumal embroidery
AwardsPadma Shri (2022)
Nari Shakti Puraskar (2018)

Lalita Vakil is an Indian embroidery artist known for her contributions to the preservation and promotion of Chamba Rumal, a traditional form of handkerchief embroidery from Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh.

Vakil has been awarded Padma Shri in 2022 by the Government of India for her contributions in the field of arts.[1] She was also awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar in 2018.[2]


Vakil was married at the age of fifteen. It was her father-in-law who recognized her talent in creating designs for Chamba Rumal. He motivated her further to train local girls and women in this craft.[3]


Since the past fifty years, Vakil has been working for the promotion and preservation of Chamba Rumal.[4] She has traveled extensively in India and abroad to exhibit her works and conduct workshops for this form of traditional embroidery.[2]

Vakil has often experimented with the designs of the Chamba Rumal. She was the first woman to introduce silk in the embroidery to create larger pieces of the handkerchief.[3] Moreover, she has also developed designs for saris, shawls, dupattas and stoles along with creation of multi-panel sets.[5]


President Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Nari Shakti Puruskar to Chama Rumal embroiderer Lalita Vakil


  1. ^ a b "Padma Awardees 2022" (PDF). Padma Awards.
  2. ^ a b c "Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018" (PDF). Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
  3. ^ a b Sharma, Ashwani (2022-01-26). "Padma Shri Recipient Lalita Vakil Devoted Her Life To 'Chamba Rumal'". Outlook India. Retrieved 2022-04-06.
  4. ^ Service, Tribune News. "Chamba artist Lalita Vakil honoured with Padma Shri". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 2022-04-06.
  5. ^ News9 Staff (2022-02-03). "How Lalita Vakil's championing of the dying art of Chamba Rumal earned her the Padma Shri". NEWS9LIVE. Retrieved 2022-04-06.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Shilp Guru Awards (Handicrafts) Year 2009" (PDF). President Awards. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 2022-04-06.