Lucknow fashion has been at the forefront of Indian wear for a long time and has charmed all fashion aficionados with its grace, beauty and elegance. While the fashion from Lucknow has captured many hearts, the one that rules the roost is Chikankari. The beautiful workmanship, the elegant embroidery and the lovely weavework, especially depicting flowers and leaves, is the trademark of Chikan fashion which makes it a must-have attire in every Indian closet (at least).
The History Chikankari
The history of chikankari is still a bit ambiguous but legendary, nevertheless. The word ‘chikan’ has its roots in the Persian word ‘chikeen’ or ‘chikin’ that is directly synonymous to intricately designed fabric. In fact, Chikankari means white floral embroidery that was brought to India by Mehrunnissa from Persia. Chikankari has been inspired from the ancient Persian style of embroidery that once found a respectable position among the royalty and nobility.
The Versatility of Chikankari
Chikankari is a versatile design that can be incorporated into almost any kind of attire, frum kurtis to dupattas to lehengas to palazzo pants, chikankari can beautify everything! Here are few chikan inspired attire ideas for your wardrobe.
Magnificent Chikankari Suits
Chikan suits are a sight to behold! With the intricate pattern adorning the complete set, it is hard to take your eyes away from a chikan suit! In fact, these suits are given a contemporary twist that can be the life of any party! Whether you are attending a family gathering or going for an upscale party, a chikan suit can be your ticket to fashion town! We suggest light embellishments and mesh fabric for a fairy look!
The Summer Staple Chikan Kurtas
While a chikan kurta is a fiery combination with leggings, palazzo pants or even jeans, it is the perfect attire for the summer - with its light hues and flowy patterns it literally catches the wind and helps you stay cool and fashionable at the same time. In fact, with a chikan kurta, you can ditch the conventional ‘loose’ excuse of clothing and stay trendy without compromising on your style. We suggest long chikan kurtas with light patterns paired with white leggings for an ideal fashionable summer outfit.
Short Trendy Chikan Kurtis
The pretty tonal kurtas in quintessential pink and white shades are absolute heart stealers! These kurtas are in the length range from short to middle which makes them perfect for your everyday fashion. The light hues further add to the resplendence is an ideal match for fashionistas of all ages, belonging to all walks of life. It is a perfect fit for young college goers as well as the more experienced style queens who take their fashion game seriously. We suggest you go for chikan kurtis with round necks and a 3/4th sleeves and pair it up with ankle length jeans for the contemporary fusion feel. Add a pair of dramatic jhumkis for the complete urban look.
Lucknowi Chikankari Palazzo Pants
While a lot has been said and done about chikan kurtas, it is time to explore the Lucknowi chikankari palazzo pants. The art is old but the fashion is new! These palazzo pants with detailed embroidery and pastel hues are ideal for light summer wear without the hassles of tight bottomwear. We suggest you pair these palazzo pants with short tops or crop kurtis to amplify the indo-western look. Pair them up light jewelry and voila!