The admiration for chikankari runs far and wide. The traditional handicraft form originates from Lucknow and can be roughly translated to mean embroidery. By its appearance, chikankari may seem simple enough but in reality, involves a laborious process of cutting, stitching and finishing, often by hand. Though the craft dates back hundreds of centuries, its popularity hasn’t faded in the new millennium. Bollywood stars from Deepika Padukone to Alia Bhatt have stepped out with regal flair in chikan sarees and salwar kameez suits. That has only propelled the popularity of the traditional art form and it sees no signs of stopping.
We asked Mansi Gupta, CEO and Co-Founder of Tjori about the closet takeover of chikankari during the festive season. “Chikankari has always been synonymous with class and elegant. Inspired by the Nawabs of Lucknow, it is an effortless choice for both men and women. Its meticulous handwork on breathable georgette fabric lend it an aura of comfortable casual with regality.” Both, a casual day look and traditional night ensemble can be benefited by it.
Designer Anjul Bhandari says, “Chikankari is the most pristine art form that looks especially beautiful on white and pastels. There’s no sweat or fret or thinking too much about wearing it, even in humid weather. According to me, it’s an heirloom and for the festive season, it looks magnificent with crystals and sequins.”