The Northern area in India beholds the pride of producing Chikankari sarees. The multicultural Lucknow is well known for its passion of producing Chikankari clothing right from the age of the Mughal Dynasty. The traditional meaning of Chikan is embroidery. This embroidery was introduced by Nur Jahan, the wife of Jahangir. It is probably one of the best textile decoration styles in Lucknow. Chikankari sarees come in different patterns and designs, created by various types of stitches of the thread used in the embroidery. Some of the variety of stitches used for Chikankari sarees
includes back stitch, chain stitch, and hem stitch leading to open work patterns, jail patterns or shadow work. The price of Chikankari sarees mainly depends on the finesse of the needlework done by the weaver. Sequin work is also preferred on the fabric along with Chikankari work to render an ornate and rich look.
The Chikankari sarees are usually worn in the Nivi style with the border resting on left shoulder. The chikan work on the Pallu of the saree is attractive and steals the show entirely. Multiple colors are used for Chikan embroidery rather than just white on white clothing embroidery. Each saree possesses a different look as embroidery is usually done by hand and therefor leaves a natural variation in each piece. The saree is popularly being used as evening wear saree, casual wear saree
or party wear saree
. Many designers inculcate sequin, gota and beads along with the embroidery to give it a heavier look. You can now buy silk sarees online
at Utsav Fashion. Combine it with a light pendant to match contrasting earrings or pearl jewelry and you will look strikingly beautiful.