Kamla Patel was born in 1912 and spent her early years in Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad. She participated in the civil disobedience movement and later in Gandhi's constructive programme. In 1944 she joined the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust in Bombay. After Indian Independence in 1947 she was invited by Mridula Sarabhai to join the Organisation for Recovery of Abducted Women and was with her till 1950. Subsequently, she worked in the Khadi and Village Industries Commission till 1968. She died in 1992.