Muzaffar Ali


Kotwara is an international couture brand, crafted by filmmaker and painter, Muzaffar Ali –the Raja of Kotwara, and his architect wife Meera Ali established in 1990. It was founded with the idea of reviving the traditional craft of Awadh (Uttar Pradesh, India), through sensitively understanding its ethos and upgrading its design content. Innovations from Kotwara are based on forms inspired by different craft techniques expressed in a variety of silhouettes. Zardozi and Chikankari have been the forte of Kotwara with some of the finest craftspeople working for generations at Anhalwara Palace, Kotwara in Lakhimpur Kheri and Kotwara House, Qaiserbagh Palace Complex, Lucknow.

Over the last 25 years, Kotwara has been a symbol of style, elegance and luxury with designs which have a timeless quality. Kotwara has been blending cultures and styles from different parts of India like Lucknow, Kashmir, Hyderabad, Kerala, Bengal into an integrated Indian Idiom.

The craft of Kotwara has thus evolved as a way of remaining connected with lives of the artisan, his mind and values and a larger objective of inculcating pride in his creations. The essence of Kotwara is its spirit of evolution that outlives the tests of time.

Kotwara supports the 'Dwar Pe Rozi Society’, Employment at Doorstep, aimed at emancipation of women and rural India through humanistic education and craft. The Society runs a school based on these values producing extremely self confident rural youth poised to take charge of their lives.