1400s

Thakur Padmasha, belonging to the ancient city of Ossiya in Rajasthan, was a Sisodia Rajput of the Kshatriya (warrior) clan. He kills a deer, realises his sin and turns to Jainism.

1400

1500s

Sheshkaran, grandson of Padmasha, moves away from the desert region of Rajasthan to the city of Ahmedabad and works at a jeweler’s place.

1500
  • 1615

    Shantidas Sheth (1590-1659), a chief jeweler in the courts of Mughal Emperors Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan earns great prestige through his honesty. He funds these emperors in there hours of need and is responsible for saving Jain temples during the Mughal Era. Title of ‘Nagarsheth’ given to him and his family for using their wealth for the benefit of the society.

1615

1725

Khushalchand Sheth (1680-1748), the grand son of Shantidas pays up a sum of 500,000 rupees from his personal wealth on behalf of the city of Ahmedabad to the invading Marathas to save it from destruction. Later, it was decided that Khushalchand and his descendants would receive a levy of a quarter per cent on all goods stamped in the municipal weighing yard. Khushalchand, however, refuses to accept the money.

1725

1870

Dalpatbhai Bhagubhai, great grandson of Khushalchand, starts using his wealth to expand his influence by financially supporting social reforms and education in the city.

1870
  • 1897

    Lalbhai, son of Dalpatbhai, establishes Saraspur Manufacturing Company, the first firm of the Lalbhai clan. His name has been there ever since as his descendants’ last name.

1897

1905

Raipur Mills come into existence to lay the foundation stone on which the Lalbhai Industrial Empire would be built.

1905

1920

Kasturbhai Lalbhai, son of Lalbhai and known as the father or modern Indian textile industry, starts the first large scale textile mill named Ashoka Mills.

1920

1931

Arvind Limited comes into being.

1931

1935

Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) is founded by the family and 625 acres of land from the family trust is donated for building various collages.

1935

1947

Atul Products Limited, a new chemical company is started by Kasturbhai Lalbhai.

1947

1950

Chinubhai Lalbhai, nephew of Kasturbhai, becomes the first Mayor of Ahmedabad.

1950

1950s

In concert with the Indian government, Kasturbhai uses the family’s charitable trusts to create Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association (ATIRA), Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Indian Institute of Management – (IIM-A), School of Architecture, National Institute of Design (NID) and Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Science Center.

1950

1989

Arvind becomes the 3rd highest manufacturer of denim in the world.

1989

2008

Anang Lalbhai, son of Kasturbhai’s nephew Ajaybhai, after having spent over 20 years at the helm of things at Arvind moves out to start his own venture – Pelican Business Ventures.

2008

2014

The Lalbhai family continues to expand while also contributing huge amounts of money for social causes.

2014