Age-old craft, new look
INDIAN EMBROIDERY is looking up these days. Thanks to revival and revitalisation of age-old stitches and traditions by individuals and institutions. The patti-ka-kaam, a form of delicate appliqué embroidery done in Rampur and Aligarh, has been given a new lease of life by Mukhtar Khan and his wife Farha under the label of Nazneen.
Nazneen is having a sale of its summer collection in Hyderabad at Gallerie Raphael, Amrutha Mall till February 19 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.). Crochet has also been introduced along with the patti-ka-kaam.
Nazneen has ensured livelihoods to the craftspersons (mostly women) involved in it. With the decline of royal patronage of the Rampur court, the craftspersons were practically in penury, as they could not market their product. Mukhtar Khan stepped in and ensured the survival of the craft and the craftsperson. With his wife Farha having a flair for design, the duo has contemporised in terms of the colours and fabrics. Previously only organdie was used. Now the embroidery (a variety of motifs is used) is done on silk, tussar, voile, crepes, nets, brocade, khadi (with and without mukaish work) on a range of garments like saris, salwar-kameez, dupattas, parallels, short tops, kurtis, gents kurtas, kaftans and so on. There are about 500 members in Nazneen and the Khans say "it is a family."
Nazneen opened its first boutique in Delhi in 1993 (H-68 South Extension Part I market, near Bengali Sweets, Tel: 011-24653048, 26310651). Besides, the Khans hold exhibitions in different cities of the country too. The price range is from Rs. 250 and Rs. 2500. At Delhi even orders are taken for furnishing fabrics.
The clientele also includes well-known film stars and cultural personalities.
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