Chikankari is a rare art form which is beautiful in its design and style. It is ideal for summer days because it’s that time of the year when you need clothes which are breathable and soft the skin. Chikankari gets its roots from the City of Nawabs- Lucknow. It is done by fine needle and thread, the precise handwork is refined and structure to look what it is today. Chikankari is considered as a regarded art form of embroidery all around the world. The city of Lucknow has kept it flourishing till date and has been one of the most flourished art forms in India.
Chikankari Embroidery is totally hand-woven which makes each and every bit of it unique. It lends itself smoothly to an assortment of fabric, initially it was done in cotton fabric only but with the passing of time it has considered a few more fabric such as georgette, silk, organza etc. It looks exquisite in cotton and georgette as the work looks refined and beautiful. These suits can be worn to any event formal or informal, social gatherings and casual outings.
Chikankari is also known Lucknowi Chikankari which is an ancient form of art. It is an intricate hand embroidery done by skilled artisans who have impressed both men and women around the world. Chikankari Kurtas or apparels is an incredible and exquisite pick for summers and is a wardrobe staple. The best thing about Chikan work is that it has never seen a dark day as it is loved by everyone. Initially, it was done on White cotton cloth with threads on different colour but with the evolution of this art form, you can now see different fabrics with a different colour of threads which are designed for the new era like the Anarkali dresses, suits and palazzos. It is a versatile form which has the power to change conventional look into contemporary. There is a great deal of assortment and styles available like Chikankari sarees to suits, kurtis, Anarkali suits, tops, skirts, Chikankari palazzo pants, accessories and much more. If you are exploring and searching for a traditional piece of work chikankari Kurtis & kurtas then go for the white cotton cloth, hand embroidered with white thread work.
The tools which are used by the skilled artisans to make this fabric with such elegance and grace are block printing tool which is wooden craved printing blocks, embroidery frames, and needles etc. In the process of making the design removable colours are used so that it doesn’t stain the cloth and the design is visible. Cotton or ‘Resham’ threads are used for making the design precisely. Cotton, muslin, organza and other fabrics are used to make fabric design. There are 36 techniques
Tepchi- It is a long-running or darning stitch work with six strands on the right side of the fabric taken over four threads and picking up one. This makes a line complete, it is used principally as a basis for further stitchery and occasionally to form a simple shape.
Bakhiya- ‘Shadow work’ or bhakia is one of the stitches of chikankari. The reason for the name is the shadow is the embroidery is done on the wrong side of the fabric and we see its shadow on the right side of the fabric.
Hool-It is a fine detached eyelet stitch, a hole is punched in the fabric and the threads are teased apart. It is then held by small straight stitches all around and worked with one thread on the right side. It can be done with several threads to form a beautiful flower.
Murri- This is a form of stitch used to embroider the center of the flowers in chikan work motifs. They are typically French knots that are rice shaped. Murri is the oldest and most sought-after form of chikankari. The use of the stitch is commonly used in Chikankari motifs.
Jali- This is a beautiful stitch often which is never drawn through the fabric, ensuring that the back portion of the garment looks as impeccable as the front. The wrap and weft threads are carefully drawn apart. This can be seen on the fabric and can be modified further into a more beautiful design.
Hool-It is a fine detached eyelet stitch, a hole is punched in the fabric and the threads are teased apart. It is then held by small straight stitches all round and worked with one thread on the right side. It can be done with several threads to form a beautiful flower.
Murri- This is a form of stich used to embroider the center of the flowers in chikan work motifs. They are typically French knots that are rice shaped. Murri is the oldest and most sought-after form of chikankari. The use of the stitch is commonly used in Chikankari motifs.
Jali- This is a beautiful stitch often which is never drawn through the fabric, ensuring that the back portion of the garment looks as impeccable as the front. The wrap and weft threads are carefully drawn apart. This can be seen on the fabric and can be modified further into more beautiful design.
Pastel Pink Georgette Chikankari Saree: A soft colour ideal for the summer, this georgette saree boasts intricate chikankari embroidery throughout the border, adding elegance to the attire. It is ideal for formal and semi-formal events.
Beige Chikankari Georgette Apparel Set: Designed for festive and traditional events, this set of blouse, dhoti pants, and cape is a must-have this season. The cape and blouse have been made in georgette with intricate chikankari work while the dhoti pants have been crafted in soft satin.
This set includes a blouse, dupatta and lehenga handcrafted in georgette. The Chikankari motifs boast the style and elegance of the outfit and can be worn at traditional events and festive gatherings.
Green Georgette Chikankari Kurta: This Chikankari Kurta showcases threadwork in great detail. Made with georgette, it features full sleeves and a classic v neckline.
Mint Green Georgette Dupatta: This Chikankari Dupatta is in unique colour to add to festive wardrobe, this mint green dupatta has been handcrafted in georgette. It features heavy chikankari work with elaborate motifs throughout the fabric.
Chikankari is an ancient form of white floral embroidery, intricately done with a fine needle and raw thread. Believed to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, the wife of Mughal emperor Jahangir, it is one of Lucknow's best known textile craft styles. This beautiful craft flaunts timeless grace and elegance. This collection aims to recreate ancient glory.