What is Chikankari Embroidery and How to Style Chikankari Outfits?
March 23, 2022

What is Chikankari Embroidery and How to Style Chikankari Outfits?

The word Chikankari embroidery is synonymous with the world of fashion and ethnic wear but so are the questions ‘what is chikankari embroidery?’ and ‘how to style chikankari kurta?’ To answer these head-scratching questions of the ever-elegant lucknowi chikankari, Saffron Threads brings to you its style guide and what is special about Chikankari embroidery?

The Origin of Chikan 

Hailing from Lucknow, India, the word Chikan translates to embroidery and is one of Lucknow’s most renowned textile decoration styles. History and origin story credits Noor Jahan, wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir as the pioneer of Chikankari embroidery in India. Chikankari is done on a variety of fabrics such as cotton, chiffon, georgette, silk and to meet the contemporary and fast-moving fashion, it’s often done on vibrant colours. Combine shades of pink, beautifully with white embroidery to highlight the beauty of both the fabric and the embroidery.


Saffron Thread’s Chikankari Style Guide

 After familiarizing yourself with the origins of Chikankari, the next step is to have a specially curated style guide helping you combine the splendour of these artsy and elegant embroidered kurtas.

  1. Floral Printed Long Kurtas


A perfect fit for your summer styles, chikankari cotton Kurti on floral prints, is a must-have. 100% cotton along with an eye-catching neckline adds chic to the comfort. Pair it with a pair of palazzos or pants and paint the town with the breathtaking style for the summer. This chikankari long Kurti is also one of the most adored styles by our customers.

  1. Suave Mauve Kurtas

Just like light colours add to the charm of Chikanari embroidery, the darker shades make the details of the embroidery pop. The mauve shades will not only add suave to your wardrobe and daily wear but also ensure that you are the talk of the town with beautiful flower motifs along with a mandarin collar. Pair it with beautiful palazzos or baggy pants for adding to the charm.

  1. Chikankari Long Dress


Is it a kurta? Is it a dress? How about both?! Yes, you heard that right. With its alluring ethnic motifs on pista green slub dress, our green lucknowi embroidered sleeveless dress is the perfect match for your summer diaries. Head out for parties, to your office or a day out with your friends and family. Wear it as a dress or style it on top of leggings or trousers to give you the best of both worlds. Saffron Threads also provides the option of adding sleeves and a similar colour option in its peach lucknowi embroidered dress.

  1. Chikankari Palazzos


Enough about Chikankari tops, it’s now time to rock our playful palazzos adding flair to your fits! Our rayon flax palazzo comes with embroidery on the hem. Style it with any of Saffron Threads Kurtis and make it an exquisite Chikankari kurti and palazzo set, perfect for summers.


Why settle with one, when you can have 2! Our white rayon embroidered chikankari palazzos will add royalty and elegance to the finesse. This is perfect for formal occasions and festivities. The beautiful lead motif presents thorough and sheer elegance and adds a luxurious touch to your everyday outfits.

  1. Trouser Browser


Browsing trousers and want to rock beautiful chikankari embroidery at the same time? We have you covered! Our black cotton linen trousers come with artistic and intricate chikankari embroidery on their hem and are a must-have in your wardrobe for both casual and daily affairs.