Chikankari Sarees – An ode to Lucknow’s tradition

November 27, 2014
No matter how westernized way of fashion we Desi people are adapting, their is still something about the traditional ‘Vastra – Andaaz’ (apparel style) that keeps us rooted to our land of origin. In this fast moving life where lazer prints and chemically framed embellishment techniques are much preferred, the art of handwork is diminishing. This post is dedicated to one such brilliant fashion statement, that was impregnated in the weaves of cotton fabric centuries back; by our royal ancestors. 

Source : Pinterest

Chikankari – Chikan Embroidery
Chikan is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow, India. Literally translated, the word means embroidery. Believed to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, Mughal emperor Jahangir’s wife,[1] it is one of Lucknow’s best known textile decoration styles. (Wikipedia)
The technique of creation of a chikan work is known as chikankari.  Chikankari is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabric like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net etc. White thread is embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments. Nowadays chikan embroidery is also done with coloured and silk threads in different colours to meet the recent fashion trends and keep chikankari up-to-date. Lucknow is the heart of the Chikankari industry today and the variety is known as Lucknawi chikan. (Wikipedia)
Check out this video by NDTV to know more about the embroidery art!
The most profound display of this art form can be found in Lucknow Sarees.
Lucknawi Sarees
What I personally like about Lucknawi Chikan sarees is the intricate detailing giving a delicate appearance to the wearer.  The finesse by which they are crafted boosts of royal weaves and bring out a more sophisticated look when draped right.

How To Maintain Lucknawi Sarees?
1. Avoid wearing necklace or any sharm jewels that might tear the delicate thread work.
2. Avoid machine wash and opt for hand/gentle wash.
3. Wash in cold water.
4. Bleaching chemicals harm the thread work, so avoid such washing detergents.
5. Always go for steam iron or dry cleaning.

When To Wear?
1. Drape it the traditional way for family occasions.
2. Adorn it with a strappy blouse for cocktail parties.
3.  In winters, wear it layered under a pashmina shawl for get-together and festivals.

Celebrity Spotting

Kareena Kapoor in a white chikankari saree with red border by Manish Malhotra
 (Source : Pinterest)

Sonam Kapoor in a baby pink Chikankari saree by Shehla Khan
(Source : Pinterest)

Asin in a sheer chikankari saree by Atsu Sekhose
(Source : Pinterest)

 Style it right with LIMEROAD.COM 

Ada Chikankari Saree LINK | Jhumkas LINK | Wedges LINK

Ada Chikan Saree LINK | Clutch LINK | Stud Earrings LINK | Pump Shoes LINK |

Now that you know how you can bring back the tradition in your wardrobe, go ahead and shop from as they have a wide range of traditional Lucknawi Chikankari Sarees to offer.

Show off your true desi side this wedding side.

Follow me : Facebook | Twitter | Instagram