The traditional Lucknowi handcraft has been adored since the Mughal ages. In various Mughal miniatures, Emperor Jahangir displays the eminent handiwork in his white embroidered Muslin garments. Lucknowi Chikan or Lucknow Chikankari widely practiced in the city of Nawabs for more than 200 years has been an essential in Indian ethnic wardrobe. The aesthetic handiwork with unique use of creepers and floral motif make statement piece in both casual to festive and even formal looks. The incorporation of this stunning detailed shadow work on several fabrics including wool, chiffon, crepe, organde chiffon, silk and cotton is a must in your wardrobe. The Bollywood stars make the best use of lucknawi tradition for their brunch dates, casual airport looks and festive ensemble, and anyone can flaunt the royal embroidered thread work easily.
Chikankari suits available in a beautiful sorbet colours, are great addition for casual Indian wear owning to their light and airy features. The renowned lucknawi embroidered kurta could be turned into elegant formal wear with few changes and single piece of clothing could be re-used in numerous forms. Voilà!
Win In White
A white chikankari cotton kurta is an ideal pick for a casual outing with friends and family. Take a basic white kurta and team it up with white chikankari pants for that comfortable monochrome look. Add rustic jewellery to pair with the all-white cotton set, let your tresses loose and you are all set with bohemian breezy look.
The same outfit can also be worn for a formal office wear with minimal changes. Pair your all white chikankari set with oxford or clogs in earthy tones. Tie your hair in a neat hair bun and change your rustic jewellery with studs. Put on your wristwatch and carry that sleek bag to complete the formal look.
Today the all-white attire can also spotted in various festive occasions. A white cotton chikankari kurta paired with white chikankari cotton plazzo and delicate embroidered dupatta could be just the one for a daytime event. Add jewellery with mirror work and beautiful juttis to amp up the basic look to a stunning outfit in few minutes.
Kurta as a Dress
Chikankari Chanderi Silk Anarkali by Adah Bespoke Chikankari works brilliantly even as a dress while accentuating the figure. This stunning anarkali comes in a traditional ethnic fabric “Chanderi” which is known for its sheer texture, lightweight and lavish quality. Go for a subtle dewy makeup with the pastle blue anarkali to keep the look minimal.
For a festive look, just pair the anarkali and dupatta set with mirror embellished jewellery and footwear for an indo-western look. One can even choose carnations as hair accessories to compliment the soothing shade of the chanderi silk anarkali.
Wear the anarkali with a churidar or pants, completing it off with a pair of brogues for a more contemporary look for one of those ethnic office days. Carry a handbag to match with your brogue and don’t forget your coffee while running late for work.
Romance with Red
If you are seeking for an attention-winner clothing item with exquisite touch, then this crimson red chikankari chanderi silk suit is just the one for you. This chikankari suit cannot be missed with its golden mukaish work and intricate chikankari stitches. Pair the suit with an ethnic skirt or chikankari lehenga, completing off with statement chaandbali earrings for daytime wedding events.
Wear the statement chikankari kurta with chikankari pants for office events and this royal clothing item will make heads turn every time you wear it. Go for minimal makeup and bold lips to give the ensemble the oomph effect.
On a casual day out, you can team up the chikankari embroidered kurta with jeggings or even jeans capturing one of the trendy ethnic outfits of 21st century. Flaunt some silver earrings and a silver bindi to bring out the traditional vibe of the outfit.
Eternal Affair with Saree
After actress Tara Sutaria made a statement by wearing a chikankari saree for a roka ceremony, it became a huge fashion trend in the Bollywood industry ever since. This Ivory Designer Pure Georgette Chikankari Saree is a definite proof that you can never go wrong with an elegant saree.
From the boardroom to the bar, a chikankari saree is enough to make you stand out among hundreds with no efforts. For a romantic look, carry minimal jewellery, coral eyelids and nude sandals, to make great impression on that brunch date. This royal saree can also help you to glam up your work wardrobe as it speaks sophistication and elegance. Wear the saree with a silver or golden kundan jewellery for creating outstanding look for a wedding event.
Mix and match your chikankari clothing items to create your own unique style as “Chikankari” (चिकनकारी) is never going out of vogue.