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    Chikankari or Chikan embroidery is an ethnic offering from Lucknow, India. It is extremely fine and intricate embroidery meant to significantly enhance the fabric which it adorns. Its origin is not exactly known, but it is widely believed that Nur Jehan, Emperor Jehangir’s wife, introduced this art to Mughal courtiers and it has been followed since as a regular feature of adornment on certain class of fabrics, like cotton, muslin, silk, organza, chiffon, net etc. Initially Chikan work or chikankari as it is known as was white hand embroidery on plain white fabrics. Later it was also on cool light shades. Today coloured thread is also used based on the demands of the market.

    There are supposed to be 36 different types of stitches with back stitch, chain stitch and hem stitch being the commonly used stitches. The more intricate variety involves delicately parting the threads of the base fabric and then weaving in and out of the gaps created. Chikan work originated and developed in Lucknow as a traditional art with a sizeable population of skilled craftsmen engaged in it as a means of livelihood. It received its geographical Indication status in 2008.

    Some of the offerings from Unnati

    Today the market is flooded with different fabrics like Art Silk, Chiffon, Cotton, Crape, Handloom, Sico, Silk Blend, Supernet, Tussar Silk and Georgette, experimented upon with Chikankari embroidery and the results are obviously stupendous. Handloom pure kota cotton sarees with kasuti embroidery and having resham border is a classic. These are good for daily casual, corporate office, colleges, schools and traditional events. The Latest crepe georgette of kantha work with border and pallu having banjara embroidery is a stunner. North chanderi silk sari of pulkhari embroidery embellished with kundans and sequins is gorgeous party wear. Most of the pure silk saris are heavily embroidered with patterns in the zardozi, nakshi, saadi, chikhan, ari, wasli, gota and kohra styles. They are grand creations fit for Indian weddings and bridal occasions. Richly woven banarasi saree embellished with kashmiri kashida or sozni work is an elegant affair suitable for similar occasions.

    The Unnati advantage

    Unnati silks, the largest ethnic online Indian shop offers exquisite designer Embroidery Work sarees with matching blouse for online sale. Our Online shopping store has the widest range of rich Indian Sarees and Salwar kameez. At Unnati Silks, you can buy unique, exclusive collection at affordable prices.

    You can purchase online at Unnati silks and the products will be dispatched within 24 working hours of placing the order. We have Free shipping and Cash on Delivery (COD) facility for Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Ernakulum, Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Jaipur and many other Indian cities. We also do Worldwide express shipping to countries like United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), UAE, Dubai, Oman, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Chicago, New Zealand and others.