The traditional salwar kameez is, without a doubt, the single most practical and versatile of all Indian clothing. For work, parties, weddings and other casual events, you’d need them. North India is home to these beautifully designed suits and one such craft is the chikan embroidered suit, which hails from Lucknow. There is something so lovable and charming about the simplicity of Lucknowi chikankari. So we have taken a closer look at the various occasions this delicate white floral embroidery can be adorned.
The Taj Mahal floral motifs and screens have inspired the chikan fabric designs for centuries till modern day. Derived from the Persian word chikin, meaning embroidered fabric, some historians believe that the craft arrived in Mughal India during Emperor Jahangir’s reign, introduced by his wife, Nur Jehan. Chikankari in the old days used the finest quality muslin cotton which was exported from Bengal, bringing this fine craft to this region of India, where the weather is very humid. Modern day chikankari suits, ofcourse are made of georgette as well as pure cotton.
Chikankari Suits For Work
When temperatures are soaring outside, the busy mom and working woman need to beat the heat as well as look fashionable. The straight-cut cotton salwar kameez online with chankankari is perfect for summer office wear and kitty parties.
Chikankari For Weddings
Many Bollywood fashionistas have been spotted wearing a designer chikankari suit on the ramp, streets, and at weddings. Fashion designers create exquisite off-white anarkali suits with chikan work for bridal wear. Beige or White Bollywood style anarkali suits with heavy chikan embroidery will look magnificent on both modern Indian brides as well as Pakistani brides.
Chikankari In Hindi Films
Designer Manish Malhotra designed Kareena Kapoor’s desi look in her film, Bodyguard (2011), where she wore many Kashmiri embroidery and chikankari kurtas. This stylish outfit is elegent and easy to manage with the multiple chores you have to be a part of during festivities.
Colourful and practical were the key elements of Bebo’s adorable kurtas, stacked bangles in Bodyguard. Cute and desi charm were the takeaways yet again in Kareena’s hit film, Kurbaan (2009), where she teamed leggings with kurtis – this cool, ethnic look works well at dandia dances and garba nights. Kareena often wears white chikankari kurtis at film promotions and while shooting; she looks amazing in embroidered, white anarkalis.
You can wear chikankari in pastel hues, but most women love to shop for white chikankari kurtis for work and weekends wear all summer long. Check out a wide variety of cotton straightcut suits online from Simaaya Fashions. They combine summer comfort, class and style, and can be worn with skinny jeans or leggings for casual occasions.
Also, the trendy dhoti style works well with a white chikan kurti. You can’t dress more simply than this, but if you want to jazz it up a bit, add a splash of colour with a vibrant patiala, multi colour stole or heavy dupatta.