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Student Showcase Archive

Anisha Kanabar

MA work

MA work

  • Lavanya

    Lavanya, Anisha Kanabar 2018

  • An original petticoat

    An original petticoat, Anisha Kanabar 2018

  • Internal structure

    Internal structure, Anisha Kanabar 2018

  • Electromyography testing

    Electromyography testing, Anisha Kanabar 2018

  • Co-Design Workshop

    Co-Design Workshop, Anisha Kanabar 2018

  • The making process

    The making process, Anisha Kanabar 2018



Gujarati translation: elegance

1)  The quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance or manner

2) The quality of being pleasingly ingenious and simple; neatness

Lavanya is a structured petticoat which allows you to walk more easily in a saree.

Currently, sarees require a slight kicking action to walk without tripping over the front material. With a high prevalence of hypermobility and musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis in Indian people, this kick-walking action becomes more difficult with age. Older Indian women are compensating their walking style into a waddle to avoid such extension which unfortunately exacerbates the long term suffering in the knees. 

Through extensive user research and testing, Lavanya has been created by re-designing the petticoat to allow Indian women to walk normally in a saree without the need to kick and without compromising the overall silhouette and traditional aesthetic of the saree.

Walk with confidence, walk with grace, walk with Lavanya. 



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2018

  • I am a human-centred design engineer.

    I have a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and am using this technical foundation to dive deeper into the human centred design world. 

    I do not believe engineering and design are mutually exclusive. Neither can exist without the other and I believe the combination of the two are the driving forces for innovation, social impact and human responsibility. 

    We have a unique opportunity to have a positive influence on the world through the means of design and engineering, an opportunity which I am aiming to embrace.


  • Degrees

  • BEng Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, 2016
  • Experience

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Imperial College Department of Mechanical Engineering, London, 2016-2018; Design Engineer Intern, Helix Centre, London, 2017; Design Intern, Philips Innovation Services, Eindhoven, 2016