The intricacy and delicacy of Chikankari

Lucknow is known for many things besides its ‘tehzeeb’ (etiquette). Its history, politics, food, clothes, music, culture, language – the list goes on. If you ask us, the Nawabon ka seher is most famous for ‘chicken’. Choose whether to eat it or wear it, we are sure you will love either!!

Jokes apart, Chikan work is something that will always remain in vogue. Delicate and artfully done hand embroidery, it is a reflection of the rich heritage of the city of Lucknow – suave, sophisticated, opulent with a hint of subtlety in everything. It’s not loud, not flashy, not glittery, but shines of its own aura, its own style. It is done on a variety of textile fabric like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net, etc. The special note to this Lucknawi form of embroidery is that it is mostly done on cool pastel shades; another ‘ada’ so inherent of this city.

The history of ‘chikankari’ is as royal as it is. It is believed to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, wife of Mughal emperor, Jehangir, making it one of Lucknow’s best known textile decoration styles. Chikan began as a type of white-on-white embroidery. It evolved with time and nowadays it is also done with coloured and silk threads to meet the fashion trends. It has also undergone a facelift by introducing additional embellishments like mirror, bead or sequin work to elevate its look further.

At Luxurion World, we want you to show off that ‘ada’ of yourself in style. What better style than to borrow it from the city of ‘nazakkat’ itself. Luxurion World presents you a wow collection of chikankari anarkalis, dupattas, lehengas and sarees. Some are added with embellishments like Mukaish work and gota work. A vision of rare marvel it will meet your desire of exhibiting subtle vintage charm in your looks. After all,

Kashish Lucknow ki har cheez bhula deti hai;

Yeh Lucknow hai janab’

Yaha ki hawa bhi tehzeeb sikha deti hai!”