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The Chikan Nama

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Hello lovely people!

It has been a long time I posted anything on my blog after the first post. Actually I was a little busy with the commencement of my college and post submissions of internship and everything. Hope you guys are doing well and enjoying this pleasant change in weather 😉 Finally spring is here! And we are all set to welcome summer.
So here I’m up again with something new and special! Some of my friends have demanded to do an outfit post featuring summer wardrobe staples. And I choose to feature one of the most beautiful, delicate and intricate form of embroidery the famous ‘Chikankari’ from Lucknow.
Why chikankari? Because, it has got something about which I wanted to write down pouring all my heart into it. Coming all the way from Mughal courts, chikan embroidery became popular in all over India and is now being equally loved by people from foreign countries also. Talking personally, I have been a constant lover of chikan work and it has always ruled my summer wardrobe..!

It is said that Noorjahan, wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, brought it into India. Being a talented embroiderer, Noorjahan along with other Begums of Royal court, practiced and designed it all by herself and was later taken over by artisans and craftsmen of the court. So the embroidery has got Royal hands on it from the very beginning. Later the beautiful embroidery flourished in Lucknow in the reign of Nawabs of Awadh and kept shining ever since.
And there’s one more beautiful secret to tell you about Chikankari…some of the prominent historians believe that the motifs used in chikankari, is greatly influenced by the motifs carved on the walls of the famous Taj Mahal. Those floral patterns and jaali work on the walls of Taj Mahal shows their visible influence, and is still being used frequently by chikan craftsmen in Lucknow, creating jaw dropping embroidery that is unmatched in beauty!
Initially chikankari was done using white threads on fine white muslin clothes, but history apart, this famous hand embroidery has been kept updated by the artisans, using of new fabrics, threads and colors! So it has maintained its pace with fashion and time and is one of its kind.

Here are some of the looks I done with hand embroidered Chikan kurtas. Though I have an immense love for subtle shades but this time I went for a combination of bright and pastels. From traditional to casual and to contemporary look, all done with mixing and matching these Chikan kurtas with whatever I already had in my closet.
I hope you will like them 🙂 and yes, don’t forget to put up your beautiful ideas, suggestions and feedback in comment box below!
PS :- Thank you so very much for an overwhelming response on my first post! This constant love and support means a lot for me 🙂

Until next time!
Love,
Shivani

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