Hyderabad: Nothing is waste for 58-year-old homemaker Lakshmi Valuvala, a resident of Kukatpally, who comes up with toys and gifts from plastic bottles, baskets and garments dumped as waste by others.
When many homemakers sit glued to televison serials or have a chit chat with their neighbours in their free time, this homemaker turned artisan sat glued to YouTube and watched tutorials on different techniques to make toys.
“When I was sitting idle, I realised that I should utilise my leisure time. I began watching YouTube and went through tutorials on ideas and techniques on carving and designing toys. I took nearly six months to learn these techniques,” Lakshmi said.
The 58-year-old then began shaping her own brand of toys from last November and has so far designed more than 60 different toys. Her art works include peacocks, tortoise, elephants, ostriches, Gautam Buddha, ducks, cows and various flower pots. The work on each toy takes about two to three days, depending on the size of the toy, she adds.
According to Lakshmi, she was initially not confident.
“I just tried to create a toy with clothes on my first day of the tutorial and fortunately, it came out well. This gave me confidence and I started to watch more tutorials and worked on my own,” she said.
Lakshmi uses plastic waste, clothes, polystyrene, colour paints and other raw material and creates toys and flower pots different from each other. She does not keep all those toys with herself, but presents them in the form of gifts to her beloved ones for birthdays and on special occasions.
“Any homemaker can create beautiful artworks if they have little patience. Everyone has a hidden talent and creativity, all they need to do is bring out uniqueness from themselves,” she said.
“My husband, a retired engineer, and my both son who are in New Zealand and the United States, always encourage me. I could do all this with their support only,” she said.