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I don’t want to label myself as a designer, I am a creator. I create meaningful and timeless solutions. Fashion is one of the most futuristic platforms. As creators we have no choice but to think ahead of time. Fashion is a culture of multiple subcultures such as fine arts, arts, music, cinema, etc…Therefore, we all are fashion and fashion is everywhere. As the culture evolves with technology, innovation and expertise, fashion evolves in parallel. A movement which has never stopped and never meant to be stopped.Kasuni Rathnasuriya, Founder, KÛR
In 2011, Kasuni launched KÛR with the intention of creating a “one of a kind” line of clothing. From its inception, she incorporated artisanal handmade lace to contemporary fashion. She made a product which speaks of “less impact to planet and more impact to people and community”- A rigid dichotomy for most apparel brands.
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KÛR is a contemporary women’s wear brand that incorporates Sri Lankan Dutch lace into a contemporary fashion collection. Known by many names, Beeralu Lace, Portuguese and Dutch hand made lace, or bobbin lace, it was introduced to Sri Lanka in the 15th and 16thcenturies, when it became rooted in Sri Lankan tradition in the form of a fringed blouse, known as the kaba kuruthawa, worn as part of traditional female attire in the south.
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The KÛR collection is feminine and delicate yet intriguingly contemporary and urban at the same time. The severe, minimal color palette is limited to stark black and white, with occasional injections of gray tonalities. Many pieces are made entirely of hand made lace, while others feature asymmetric lace insertions at unexpected angles in unexpected placement.
As a brand — or rather, label — that incorporates Sri Lanka’s traditional handmade lace for its signature clothing line, KÛR lives up to its designer’s standard of expressing a sense of freedom and serenity through each and every outfit created. Every KÛR creation is a labor of love and caters to those who value and respect local traditions, heritage, craftsmanship… and are ethically conscious.