Chikankari- Type of embroidery done on cloth

Chikankari

Chikankari (process of chikan) was basically invented in lucknow(India).It consisted of style inspired by Persians and was developed more rapidly in the period of Mughals. This incredible style made it possible for Lucknow, a place in India to grow like a tree in an Interntional Market.Many countries have adapted this type of embroidery lately. Chikan began as a type of white-on-white (or whitework) embroidery.  At that time, white threads were used on semi-transparent muslin cloth started as a Tradition. However, with the invention of newer fabric types and changing demands of fashion,  It is seen that with changing fashion chikankari has become one of the famous type of embroidery in among many famous Fashion Designers.Now It is also being done on a variety of fabrics including synthetic ones. Various patterns and colors have emerged  making chikankari pretty Popular in many contries.

chikankari saree
chikankari saree

Chikakari is an integral part of Indian culture since 655 ADC and was strongly rekindled by Moghul queen Noor Jehan in later date. It patronized not only the Moguls but also attained perfection as the most exquisite needlework and hand work which underwent further refinement. It is Admired all over the world over today, this beautiful art has trickled into every section of fashion world.

                     chikankari

Any specific wash / care instructions?

Mostly all the apparels are made of cotton and you can just wash in a regular washing machine and dry. However, we recommend that you hand wash and hang dry. To make it very crisp, please use starch spray and then iron it inside out.
Designer dress / suit – we recommend to get it dry cleaned.

chikankari sari
chikankari sari

On which cloth Chikankari embroidery is possible?

For women:dress material,dress,kurti,mix and match, Dupattas, Leggings, Shalls, Stole. Chikankari work on kurtas for women.
Men: khadi trousers, t-shirts, track pants, sri sri yoga branded track pants, ethnic-special madhurya collection for men, chikankari work on kurtas for men

Kids:ethnic wear, t-shirts, short dhoti, shirts with some message or sloka printed on it. It’s really cute to make your child listen to you and wear an appropriate dress for an occasion.

ethnic kids wear
ethnic kids wear
kid in traditional wear
kid in traditional wear

                   

Traditional or Fancy Saree/ Kurti

Both,traditional and heavy work fancy sarees have chikankari work done on them.

Time needed to complete the Embroidery

Minimun of 2 months is required to make a embroidered saree

Conclusion

Chikankari is the most popular kind of Embroidery. Started in Asia and now used in many countries. It’s done on ethnic wear for many countries too.

Do you have any Chikankari work done on any of your Dress? Tell us if you do.

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