"I am a 12th std. student and I am going to pursue Fashion designing as a career. When I was in school, I once saw my Science teacher draw a human body figure during one of our classes which I replicated in my note book and started adding on various clothes on it. I got hooked on to it and that is how I slowly began designing. The process of seeing a design on paper being turned into a wearable piece of art is something I find very fascinating. I thoroughly enjoy sketching and painting everything related to the world of fashion.
My parents are supportive of my decision to pursue a career in designing but I have faced a lot of difficulty in convincing them that this is my passion and that I can be successful at it. A lot of people questioned my decision wondering if I will be able to earn a livelihood out of it and whether I will be able to adjust in the world fashion design given our family’s simple background. But when these same people see me give my best to the drawings I work on, they start praising me and encouraging me to go ahead on this path. I think if I continue to believe in myself and my passion there is nothing that can stop me.
My dream is to see my sketches in reality as clothes people can wear and flaunt as my designs. I am a huge fan of the designer Sabyasachi, his attention to tiny details and intricate work never fails to amaze me. I really hope to get a chance to work with him in future!" - Siddhi Basutkar
Siddhi is a mentee with The Lighthouse Project ( @LighthouseIndia ) and is an alumni of our NGO School partner Muktangan ( @ngomuktangan ). The Lighthouse Project connects children from under-resourced communities with working professionals through one-on-one mentoring with the goal of helping these children develop essential life skills, social skills and exposing them to a world beyond their community.