A fine and intricate embroidery tradition from Lucknow (India), Chikankari sarees feature chikan work, the traditional embroidery from the city of nawabs.
Chikankari has been used to beautify sarees and other garments in myriad ways. Blocks are used to print a pattern on the fabric and the embroiderer stitches the pattern. Mostly made of cotton or its blends, the saree is carefully washed to remove print traces. The patterns created depend on the types of stitches and the thicknesses of the threads. Backstitch, chain stitch and hemstitch are the different types of stitches used which create varied patterns such as open work pattern, lace or shadow-work.
Soft, breathable and versatile – some of these qualities make Chikankari sarees one of the most wearable of all outfits. The saree is an ultimate combination of style and comfort.