This collection is based on Muzaffar Ali’s collage series ‘Perpetual Dance’ exhibited in art galleries in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. This series is inspired by falling leaves that change colour, form and texture.
The collection is interpreted using surface embellishment techniques like applique and zari embroidery on a variety of fabrics where the placement of the leaf motif creates a sense of perpetual movement…
Chikankari for House of Kotwara is all about the emancipation of women – of providing dignified employment to hundreds of rural women artisans.
Owning a classic Kotwara chikankari ensemble is like owning a piece of heritage that has been painstakingly created for the discerning by these women. Fine motifs delicately embroidered by deft fingers, weave a magic that lasts forever.
The Kotwara Warehouse
A platform where we offer you sample pieces, sale pieces, pieces with slight imperfections at great value. It seems a pity, in these times where sustainability is the driving force, to just let beautiful pieces go unloved.
The profits from our sales go into supporting the ever growing cries of help from the village of Kotwara. With more and more migrant workers returning, and often need for medical attention, our Artisans’ families need their income more than ever, and in most cases it’s not enough in the present circumstances.
Cotton is symbolic from the flag to the shroud and everything that falls in between. From piety to power, cotton has empowered the Indian subcontinent. It has been a bridge between agriculture and craft; a bridge between the East and the West. Of these, the cotton Durrie has been most touched and felt. From being used indoors as floor coverings or as a mat placed on the entrance ‘Dar’, doorway, the Durrie has continued to fascinate its users and the market has continuously moulded its use.
House of Kotwara
An international fashion house founded in 1990 by filmmaker, painter, Muzaffar Ali – the Raja of Kotwara, and his architect wife Meera Ali with the mission to revive the traditional craft of the region of Awadh, India and provide rural employment through our foundation, Dwar Pe Rozi Society (Employment at Doorstep).
Sama Ali is presently the Creative Director of the brand and a London College of Fashion Alumna. Sama officially joined House of Kotwara in 2014. Sama’s fantastical artistry is an amalgamation of her life experiences, heritage, and affection for beauty.
House of Kotwara is known for taking the ancient embroidery techniques of Chikankari, Aari and Zardozi and applying them in both traditional and contemporary silhouettes. Zardozi and Chikankari have been the forte of Kotwara, which has employed some of the finest craftspeople in the region for generations at Anhalwara Palace, Kotwara in Lakhimpur Kheri and Kotwara House, Qaiserbagh Palace Complex in Lucknow…
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Dwar pe Rozi
Employment at Doorstep
At House of Kotwara our mission is to humanize societies, integrate the arts, connect cultures, and blend crafts. Empowering a village creatively and economically has been our driving force. To achieve this Meera and Muzaffar Ali launched the Dwar pe Rozi, Employment at Doorstep, initiative in the Kotwara region of District Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh in 1990.
Weaving of textiles and durries, exquisite embroideries in Chikankari, Aari, Zardozi, Kaamdani and unique tailoring techniques such as Appliqué continue to be imbued into the craftspeople and culture of the village. This has given fillip to handwoven textiles, handmade products and has helped promote rural cultural tourism.
Rural education and skill development are vital components of Dwar pe Rozi. House of Kotwara founded the Dwar pe Rozi Charitable School in 1995, based on Humanist philosophy and Employment at Doorstep with development of skills to help instil confidence into rural children that everything is possible and achievable in today’s age. This vision has inspired several entrepreneurs all over the country and will continue to do so in the future.
Dwar pe Rozi endeavours holistic development of rural areas and creating a culture of interdependence, giving rise to a 170 km Chikan embroidery corridor between Lucknow and Kotwara, enabling the empowerment of thousands of women in rural India…