Through a decade of detailing and upgrading craft of Lucknow and Kotwara, Meera & Muzaffar Ali have brought centuries’ old tradition back to life. Both Chikan and Zardozi today have become contemporary and the label of KOTWARA is internationally associated with the philosophy of clothes that integrates aesthetics and humanity, peace and harmony. The wearer of Kotwara, experiences an inner tranquillity as a contrast to a highly consumerist outlook. Living Sufism has been able to establish a hitherto unknown genre of clothing created amidst nature and music with love and sensitivity.
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Their endeavour has been to look at style in the broadest sense of the concept and create products with a universal appeal and relevance. By using the sense of fine detailing, which has evolved in India over the centuries, the range extends from innovations in Indian and western forms using simple craft techniques of chikan, zardozi, tukdi and appliqué with hand detailing to create dramatic effects. The label of Kotwara has thus acquired a style of its own which is both avant-garde and traditional and evokes an image which is an interesting blend of detailing and innovation, modernity and old world charm. From the traditional Lehnga they have a wide range of western forms from long coats to shorter jackets, dresses, skirts and trousers. They are gently quilted, subtly embroidered and delicately hand finished.
Since 1990, Meera & Muzaffar Ali have held several fashion shows in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Madras, Singapore, Kuwait, London and New York.