What is the key attraction point of the City of Nawabs, Lucknow? Well, for gastronomic lovers, Tunday kebab is as important as drinking water in scorching summer. And for fashion lovers, chikankari embroidery and chikan work is something no fashionista can have the heart to miss out on.
Hand embroidery Chikankari from Lucknow is a timeless art which is no longer on the wish list of the common man. It has now caught the fancy of Bollywood actresses, celebrities and fashion designers for its sheer brilliance and royal touch that is yet to find a match. So much so that reputed fashion designers of the Indian soil such as Manish Malhotra, Sandeep Khosla, Abu Jani, Sabyasachi have created classic hand embroidered chikankari ensembles which are worth the price.
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Chikankari, which was colloquially called Lcknow chikan or chikan embroidery, was introduced during the times of Nur Jehan, who was the wife of Mughal Emperor Jehangir. Since then, this fine artistry has won admirers all around the globe. Today this majestic art has found various expressions – from lucknowi kurtis, chikankari sarees, to chikankari suits.
Although chikankari looks best in whites and pastels, but this hand embroidery art also comes in a pandora of colors. When it comes to chikankari dress material, kurtis, dupattas and sarees, you can feast on varied hues of pink, yellow, peach, red, green, purple, blue, black and so much more!
Bollywood Actresses Wearing Chikankari
How about checking out Bollywood celebrities wearing chikankari? It’s not only food for thought, but something that will help you make the most of the summer fever.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Ash’s beauty came out in full proportion with her blush pink chikankari sarees which she wore recently to the gala dinner held in honour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
White chikankari sarees made Deepika Padukone a dream girl with her edgy net blouse embellished with Swarovski crystals, and matching jootis.
Athiya Shetty is one such Bollywood actresses in chikankari whose ivory and silver evening lehnga is a winning combination. What further completes her look is her crystal-encrusted blouse and eye-catching jewellery.
The lovely kiddo girl Alia looked stunning in a powder pink anarkali, balanced with oxidised silver jhumkis and kohl-rimmed eyes.
Style and elegance is all over Lolo as Karisma Kapoor dresses to kill in her full-sleeved blouse which is suitably paired with her chikankari sarees.
Our Dabangg babe might have stayed away from sporting head-to-toe chikankari. But that didn’t stop Sonakshi Sinha from leaving everyone spellbound with her panel-embroidered style chikan work, and nude pumps and chand baalis for accessories.
Shweta Bachchan Nanda
Bachchan fashionista that she is, Shweta who has walked the ramp with her iconic father and film star Amitabh Bachchan looks lovely in this classic ivory chikan sari with a cut-out blouse. Her statement earrings and smoky eyes are fantastic finishing touches for her chikankari sarees.
Looking absolutely ethereal in this blush pink anarkali is Pernia Qureshi. As Bollywood celebrities wearing chikankari, Pernia brings about old world glamour pretty well.
Here are other Bollywood actresses in chikankari to satisfy your Indian and traditional love for chikan work:
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Today Chikankari art form is thriving with some NGO’s trying to help artisans stitch better garments and directly sell to people opting to wear chikankari sarees, chikankari suits, lucknowi kurtis and dresses, eliminating the middlemen. This has resulted in better remuneration to the artisans.
So ladies, I hope Bollywood celebrities wearing chikankari made you realise the fashion appeal of this Lucknowi dress code. Share your thoughts and tell me which celebrity in chikan work appealed to you the most.
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