Trend Alert: The Chikankari Experts

by Secret Closet on August 27, 2012 in Trend Alert

The best trends are the ones that never go out of style and Chikankari makes it to the top of the list for timeless elegance. Originally invented in Lucknow, India during the Mughal period and inspired by the Persians; the phrase ‘Chikan’ is derived from the Persian word ‘chakin’ that translates to a cloth wrought with needle work. Legend has it that the Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s beautiful Persian consort Mehrunnisa who went on to become Empress Nur Jahan introduced the embroidery to the region back in the 16th century. After the fall of the empire the artisans scattered and to this day Lucknow has sustained unrivaled supremacy in producing the finest Chikankari in India.

Farida Hasan

Don’t worry you don’t have to go to Lucknow to acquire these pieces, you can get them right here from some of our top Chikankari experts. For formal classic white, exotic Chikankari, garnished with shimmering mukesh and traditional embellishments we recommend the works of Farah Talib Aziz.

 Farah Talib Aziz

Farah Talib Aziz

MP, the recently founded signature label of Mishal Peshimam specializes in creating distinctly crafted thread works. We adore her dual shaded peacock and innovative Chikankari jacket works from her debut collection.

MP by Mishal Peshimam

MP by Mishal Peshimam

One can never have enough Chikankari cotton kurtas. They transcend age and are super wearable. Our favourite picks for classic Lucknow kurtas are Farida Hasan from Lahore, Nadia Lakdawala Haute Designer Lounge, Fiction Concepts by Rabia Wahab, and SNL by Sofia Naveed Lari.

Farida Hasan

Gorgeous white jaal work with antique embellishments by Farida Hasan.

If you love pink you’ll adore this candy pink original Lucknow creation by Farida Hasan. Her colorful range is available at PFDC Lahore as well as on order from where ever you may be located. Simple Chikankari kurtas are priced at Rs 7,000 while Kaamdani embossed and embellished pieces range from Rs 9,000 to Rs 11,000. Each piece is a unique limited edition, visit her profile page for details.

Fiction Concepts by Rabia Wahab

When it comes to this style, maroon and black is a killer combination with the mukesh touches adding to the beauty of this kurta by Rabia Wahab of Fiction Concepts.

Nadia Lakdawala

A fern green silk Chikankari with black finishing and diamante buttons by Nadia Lakdawala perfect for dinner wear.

A pretty pink and purple shaded cotton Chikankari kurta also by Nadia Lakdawala.

SNL by Sofia Naveed Lari

Soothing white and ferozi cotton kurta with chikankari booties and vintage jewelled buttons by SNL.

SNL by Sofia Naveed Lari

A feminine pink and blue floral open work patten kurta by Sofia Naveed Lari, love this color arrangement.

Please visit the mentioned designers’ profile pages for contact details required for ordering their exquisite pieces. Fun fact: Chikankari varieties include up to 36 unique kinds of stitches!

One Response to “Trend Alert: The Chikankari Experts”

January 14, 2013

I love some of the designs on this page. Would love to know the prices of the white shirt frm Farida Hassan with antique ambellisments.

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