Chikankari in the eyes of the western world forms an integral part of the Indian fashion however, there is a lot more to it than what meets the eye. This hand embroidery is a part of the Indian culture and is worn by all during traditional festivities. Colloquially called Lucknow Chikan or Chikan Embroidery, Chikankari was introduced during the times of Nur Jehan, the wife of Mughal Emperor Jehangir and since those times this masterpiece of fine artistry has been gracefully admired by all around the globe. Today this majestic art has reached out to most of the corners of the world fashion industry as India plays the biggest contributor to this through the various fashion events and of course the Bollywood movies.
Bollywood movies like Pakeeza, Mughal-e-Azam, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Zubeida and many more have all shown the might of this beautiful embroidery with the actors and actresses donning Chikankari garments and movies have always inspired the masses in India when it comes to fashion. The women in these movies wore Embroidery dresses, Indian ethnic wear decorated with Lucknow Chikan and other forms of Ladies Chikan work that showed how beautiful and magnanimous this artistry is. The Indian ethnic wear that has Ladies Chikan Work includes Embroidered Kurtas, Embroidery Kurtis clubbed with Churidars and Salwar. Meant for the younger generation, in the movies these are worn by characters like daughters, sisters and young wives during festivities in the plot. For ladies that are more mature, Embroidery Sarees and Embroidered suits which are more graceful and elegant serve the purpose. Chikan Sari, Chikan Suits and Chikan salwar kameez form an integral part of fashion in Bollywood movies. Outside the movies also one can easily find one or more actresses of the Bollywood wearing Embroidery dresses in fashion events or Chikan kurtas with churidar and salwars in various other Tinsel town events. This results in more and more women donning Chikan garments. Especially popular among the young women as a casual fashion are embroidred kurtis also called Chikan kurtis that are a part of more casual wear donned with a pair of jeans to get the funky look. However, one can also find them wearing embroidered skirts, Chikan churidar and Chikan salwar as the bottom wear for a casual look as well as ethnic look.
Embroidery accessories like potli and duppata that go well with Lucknow Kurtas are a great way to accompany the beautiful Chikankari apparels and the women across the country do the same. Embroidered accessory are not just for embroidered clothing but they enhance the look of other styles of clothing as well. This is a reason why embroidered accessories are popular among women. Movies and fashion events always inspire women’s fashion sense and speaking about fashion, what becomes popular in Bollywood, definitely finds its way to the masses. This is why Embroidered saris, embroidery suits, Chikan Sarees and Lucknow suits are not only popular among the female folk of Bollywood but also among the common Indian Woman. The beautiful artistry of Lucknow Chikan enhances the beauty of Women like no other traditional fashion styles and therefore it is adored by all.