Friday, January 14, 2005

Lucknow chikan work kurtis

Originally uploaded by lools.

Kurtis seem to be one fashion trend that is not going out of fashion anytime soon. From men and women, the young and old, simple Maharashtrian officegoers to snazzy, Sindhi party animals, everyone in Bombay is donning a kurtiover traditional churidhars, trendy parallel pants, skirts, pants, jeans, etc. The popularity of the kurti is, I think, due to the fact that it really allows a lovely Western/Ethnic look, comes in a variety of fabrics, styles and patterns and can be quite flattering to the Indian figure, if well styled.

The only kind of kurti that appeals to me is the one that has Lucknow chikan work. My mom used to wear these back in the 70s and has a favourite store at Opera House from where she has been sending me the most exquisite pieces that many of you may have seen me wearing around Manhattan. I accompanied her a few days back to check out the store first hand and see why it was so easy for her to splurge on every trip.

Lucknow Chikan International is the city's most famous purveyor of exclusive chikan garments for men, women and kids. They have a spanking new showroom on the first floor of Purshottam Building in Opera House. On display is a dazzling array of kurtis, salwar kameezes and sarees of different colours and patterns. Once you decide on a few materials and patterns, the firendly staff is more than happy to overwhelm you with lots of options. I was most drawn to the new pure silk kurtis with lovely ethnic motifs in gorgeous combination colours.

Chikanari is a type of Indian embroidery for which the craftswomen in Lucknow are best known for. Chikan comes from the Persian word "chakeen" which means rendering a delicate pattern to the fabric. Noorjehan, the beautiful wife of Mughal emperor Jehangir, is credited with introducing the craft to the region.

It is the simplicty, grace and elegance of the chikan embroidery that has allowed it to stand the test of time in terms of fashion trends. The floral and geometric designs lend the fabrics a wonderful versatlity to mix with various styles. Many other regions in India now produce chikan work but the centuries old craft handed down through generations of kaarigars in Lucknow have enabled the city to reign supreme in this crafts form.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why dont you check out this amazing website
This lady does it from her house boutique in NJ. They are excellent Quality. I always shop from here. Thanks.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if u really love these lucknowi chikan kurtis, i sell fact i have sold many in last 2 years. i have a very nice collection of chikan kurtis. i bring them directly from if u and ur friends are really interested call me at 732-763-0778

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lulu, Do you know if there is a store called Nirmalan close to the shop Lucknow Chikan. I have to go to both shops and I was told that they were close to each other but I can't find the address for Nirmalan.
Thank you

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sir we r a good name in lucknow in the feild of the famous chikan hand
karigari.We manufacture chikan items
like..tops,suits,sarees,curtains,bags, for indian
exporters from cities like dehli and
bombay.we have n 20yr old expereince of exporting sir if ur
interested so please contact us in give email id or mob no.

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are different from the crowd since.. We have our own manufacturing unit and employ very skillful craftsmen. We make only exclusive CHIKAN wear which is available at attractive prices. Sounds cliched but you can check it out for yourself For some good quality ethnic wear (all kinds) contact us at 097955439556

5:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you have the telephone number of this shop I amg oing to mumbai

9:05 AM  
Blogger shivi said...

hello..WE have a very nicen excellenct collection of chikan garmants as weel as accesories like curtains,pillow covers..we have a designer collection different from the croed..we have a 60 year old experience in this feild ..we have 5 branches of our shops in lucknow 2 branches,other in kolkata,mumbaiu and chennai

1:54 AM  
Blogger shivi said...

man if your interested in contacting us..then please contact us at 9335230061.RICH CHIKANS..

1:58 AM  
Blogger aman said...

we are one of the leading manufacturer of Lucknowi Chikan with over 100 years of expierence.If u r interestd in buying real Lucknowi Chikan ,contact & ask for product catalogue us at

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucknow chikan work has really gone trendy now a days.This being the hub for Chikan Embroidery information, I would like to recommend 2 sourcing websites. and

Keep posting all such links

2:10 PM  
Blogger casa said...

Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

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Blogger aradhana nigam said...

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12:24 AM  
Anonymous Chikan Wala said...

Try Lucknow chikan pure georgette stuff like anarkali, lehanga, sarees, suit etc.

1:20 PM  
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5:27 AM  
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