MaRaMi takes you on a journey back in time when simplicity was the most important aspect of life. Our ancestors used natural fabrics, like wool, to create beautiful pieces of clothing - functional, comfortable and easy to wear.

Once upon a time, when MA RA MI was just a dream, the Romanian traditional elements crafted by local artisans where used for a one of a kind "couture" collection -  signed by Philippe Guilet in 2011/2012 for 100%.RO project. Back then Andra Clitan, the founder of MA RA MI, was the Studio Director for this great project, and one of her most important duties was to give consultancy on Romanian traditional art and crafts.

100%.RO was a unique project that inspired many people, not just the team and the public, but also the craftsmen from different areas in Romania, showing them that their work is highly appreciated and can be the fundament of an exquisite haute couture collection.

The International Textile Fair Dubai 2015 is an excellent place to meet professionals in fashion - this year's edition was a great selection of people, trends and topics.

I had the chance to attend this event as a speaker, presenting my work as a true showcase of multicultural diversity: a glimpse of Transylvanian crafts in the Middle East.

It is more and more obvious for everybody that MA RA MI is rather an international brand than simply a Romanian oriented one.

As promised, another source of inspiration in the Shanghai History Museum: Chinese art and wood craft.
Always searching for simple objects and traditional techniques, wood craft is a special subject for me.
The picture I took say more than a thousand words about the ancient patient of the Chinese people in the name of beauty. For them, simplicity arise from sophisticated things.

Shanghai reloaded: after spending wonderful days like the perfect tourist, walking around and discovering narrow streets and small boutiques, I decided to taste a bit of serious culture.
Shanghai History Museum seemed to be the perfect place, fascinated first of all by the section dedicated to the traditional costumes and their history.

Scroll down to discover a few details of the amazing ancient Chinese costumes and stay close for other fields of the ancient Chinese art.

My special mission to discover amazing places in Shanghai is not impossible at all - I could dare saying is a bit to simple.
One of this very special places is the area of French Concession, a neighborhood filled with French charm, hidden art galleries, cozy and creative bistros, misterious bars... So very inspiring to me!

MA RA MI is a platform where crafts from different traditions become limited edition designs rendered through modern techniques, sustainable fabrics whilst preserving craftsmanship.

MA RA MI was created by the designer Andra Clitan in her desire to make a fusion between Romanian traditional costumes and different cultures from all over the world.

She studied fashion design at UAD Cluj (RO) and Central Saint Martins (UK), being inspired by her childhood stories from Transylvania and her later discoveries from different continents she visited, studied or lived in, like Asia, Middle East and Europe.

 MA RA MI has an important contribution in preserving traditional techniques and influences from many parts of the globe, creating exclusive designs and opening a new dialogue by developing self-sufficient and independent communities.

We are proud of our roots and culture, the great heritage of our ancestors, their stories and courage. The beauty of simplicity. We take these values and make them ours by reviving traditional craftsmanship, taking elements from traditional cuts and patterns, using modern techniques to tailor them into unique garments. You will see elements such as felt productions, hand weaved fabrics and different types of embroideries, especially from Transylvania, Romania.

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