For those that have lived in the proverbial lanes of Awadhi evenings, know it as an artform. Awadh, in all its glory, is far beyond mere geography. It carries with it, even today, generations of culture, literature, architecture, culinary art and handicraft. Chikankari is one such art form that is synonymous to erstwhile Awadh, and the present Lucknow. Ethnava, responsible to this rich heritage that it draws from, incorporates the very essence of what is known as the Awadhi (or Lakhnavi) culture. Entwined with years of evolution in embroidery, and the delicate motifs that have emerged from it, Ethnava creates pieces fit for nothing less than royalty. While the embroidery we create at Ethnava is purebred and true to the Awadhi Chikankari, our pieces are designed to incorporate the modernistic trends and contemporary fashion. An amalgamation of sepia days of yore, with the fast modern life of glamour and shine, Ethnava products never fails to mesmerize the onlooker and make the wearer look like royalty and poise.
This Sky Blue coloured Chikan Kurta is adorned with two major stitches unique to the craft of Chikankari: Ghaspatti, Bakhiya and Phanda. Created on a delicate piece of cloth, the beauty of this piece rests in the handicraft of the embroidery it is adorned with. Every piece, since handcrafted, is unique in itself, and stands out.
“Ghaspatti” projects the Awadhi love for gardens (‘Bagh’). A number of localities, even today are named after the gardens they were once famous for, in lucknow. Ghaspatti brings out this inclination in the Chikankari art form. It is a series of stitches that form small leaf and twig motifs that fill up the material on which it is made. The grass leaves formed by V-shaped line of stitches worked in a graduated series on the right side of the fabric, this stitch really brings out the craft. It is occasionally done within parallel rows to fill petals and leaves in a motif.
“Bakhiya” or “Shadow work”, it is fabled that a Begum, on witnessing a beautiful appliqué dress of a British lady, wanted the same effect in embroidery on her dress, thus, this stitch of Chikan was created in circa 18th century. It is done mostly in making petals of a floral motif or leaves giving a visual effect of a patch. It is one of the most popular stitches, in this stitch the filling is done on the wrong side while the design is bounded by a running stitch on the right side of the fabric to give it a neat look, since the stitch is made on the reverse side of the fabric, resembling the herringbone stitch.
“Phanda” refers to knots that are in the shape of Millets. Phanda is considered to be a more intricate version of stitches. However, the knots are much smaller and far more delicate. Mostly utilized in making the center of the flowers in simple Chikankari design motifs. It is a knot type of a millet shaped stitch.
Into the northern heartlands of India, the heritage of craftsmanship has been passed down for centuries, generation after generation. Among the exquisite flavors of Mughlai and Awadhi food, the intricate carvings and the architectural wonders, the erstwhile Awadh also cradles the origins of Chikankari with pride. A culture already rich in various art forms, the artisans of Awadh are learned in the craft of Chikankari embroidery, and carry it forward to this day. It was introduced by Nur Jehan, the wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. The emperor then sponsored the craft and it spread throughout the plains of Awadh. The old artisan families of Awadh come from a line of skilled Chikankari artists, and they still practice the trade.
With its wide versatility and right accessories, you can wear this Chikan Kurti to your workplace or to your college or to any party. This chikankari kurta will never disappoint you with its incomparable style and appeal. This gorgeous kurti is a perfect pick for office wear and college wear. The colour palette and fabric is perfect for summer evenings and brunches on a sunny winter morning.
Add on to Lucknowi Kurta: The craft of Chikankari stands out in itself, and does not need excessive accessorizing. The embroidery around the neck shall suffice, and one can choose to let go heavy necklaces. These Chikan Kurtis work best with oversized oxidized earrings, or pearl studs to complement the white pearl-like stitches. A small matching bracelet or watch would complete the look very well. Sunglasses also look formidable with the all over casual but royal vibe of the piece.
Chikankari Trivia: The old artisan families of Awadh come from a line of skilled Chikankari artists, and they still practice the trade. The Chikankari patterns follow the typical Awadhi design that can also be found in Henna applied on the delicate palms of the fair maidens of Awadh, as well as on the beautiful ‘raushandan’ built out of stone-carvings on walls. Flowers, creepers, ferns, ‘Boota’, and ‘Kairi’, among other motifs, which are close to the art and architecture of Awadh, also find place in Chikankari embroidery designs. The narrow lanes of old Lakhnavi markets are still laden with beautiful and intricately carved blocks that are used for block printing, upon which the Chikankari is then embroidered. The old city of Lucknow also holds a kaleidoscope of colors in its heart, a rainbow of dyed clothes that hang from thin clotheslines, waiting to be taken down and decorated by experienced hands of Chikankari craftsmen.
Chikan Kurti Also Known : Kurta, Kurti, Noori, Top, Tunic, Boho, Dress
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Disclaimer: Our products are hand embroidered by expert artisans and may have slight dissimilarities that are a natural outcome of the human involvement in the process. These minor variations of Stitches/Motifs add to its charm and ensure you have a unique product.