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Delicate applique

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Rummis comes to Kochi, once again, bringing the magic of `patti ka kam' or applique work on fine cotton fabric. This craft dates back to the Mughal period, where fine `mull' is cut by hand into tiny petals of myriad hues and colour, and then delicately stitched onto cotton fabric for salwar kurtas, dupattas, kurtis and tops. Rummis is a team of 400 `karigars', who are all part of one happy family. Based in Aligarh, these women are trained to ensure a high standard of quality and Rumannas designs are taken from her vast inventory of traditional patterns, supplemented by innovation, keeping in mind the changing trends of the times. It is a committed effort to sustain the legacy of this Mughal art.Light and summery colours for casual wear and deeper shades with a sprinkle of glitter form the evening glamour.Cecelia Anthraper brings the sale. Rummis range spans salwar kurta sets, worked dupattas, kurtis and tops in western wear. It is perfect summer wear.The exhibition is on March 3 and 4 between 10.30 and 7.30 pm at the Chanakya Hall, Avenue Center, Panampilly Nagar.

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