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Rohit & Muzaffar Ali @ Kotwara W-Collection

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Rohit Bal and Muzaffar Ali
Meera Ali comes with a new Winter wear under her label Kotwara. Kotwara has had a special fascination with winter coats which have evolved over the last two decades since the inception of the label. Every year they are inspired by a new way of presenting the coats. From using kalamkari and ajrak prints in an innovative way, creating embroideries out of weaves like ikat to the nostalgia of the printed chintz. The vocabulary has expanded to textures of pastels and water colours by Muzaffar Ali, with abstract calligraphy motifs. The embroideries have also been inspired by the grammar of oriental design, Ottoman weaves and the abstract geometry of art deco. The Kotwara winter coats bridge the east and the west and can be worn equally well with sarees, dresses, and trousers or casually with jeans.
KOTWARA by Meera & Muzaffar Ali, began in 1990 to revive the traditional craft of the region through sensitively understanding it ethos, upgrading its design content and creating a modern day relevance in its application. This has spearheaded a vast movement in the area.
Kotwara, established in 1007 A.D., is the oldest living civilization in District Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. Geographically in the Tarai, bordering the Himalayan foothills. The label integrates traditional craft skills of weaving, embroidery in chikan, zardozi and kaamdani and stitching techniques of tukri and daraz. Delicacy and details have been the forte of Kotwara and it continues to evolve in the timeless milieu of Kotwara House, Qaiser Bagh in Lucknow and Anhalwara Palace, Kotwara Raj.
KOTWARA is the quintessence of the coming together of the East and the West, where classic traditions are expressed through romantic silhouettes. The zenith of Awadh culture in the mid nineteenth century, as depicted in Muzaffar Ali’ epic film Umrao Jaan, blends with the romance of the Raj of pre-independence…where modern idioms evolve on aesthetic sensibilities that have found their roots in contemporary global culture…
The Kotwara collections are based on innovations in a range of forms inspired by different craft techniques expressed in a variety of different ways and silhouettes. Zardozi and Chikankari has been an essential part of Kotwara’s Couture with some of the finest workmen working in Kotwara House, Qaiserbagh, Lucknow and Anhalwara Palace in Lakhimpur, Kheri.
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