Indian marriages are an extravaganza in every other way you can think of. From food, to decoration, to jewellery, to clothes and what not. Clothes are, however, the most spent on when it comes to weddings. Everybody wants to look their best. In Hindu marriages, which are full of pre and post wedding events like Sangeet, Bhaat, Phera, Vidayi, etc., people like to dress in different clothes for each of them. Nobody can risk getting it wrong when it comes to showing off his or her style statement. Everybody carefully picks up the best according to them, which may differ from one person to another, but some clothes/fabrics are evergreen and opinions about them are set in stone- like Chikankari.
One of the most favoured clothing is the traditional Chikankari. There are various readymade options to go for in Chikan embroidered clothing, but most people still prefer to get them stitched according to their particular tastes. It is believed that there are not many options in ethnic wear for men. However, if the fabric is with Chikankari on it, men will feel no less than royal in those Kurta pyjamas that are supposed to be only option available for them on such events. In fact, if anything, it actually gives a lot of choice to them; Men can easily buy fabric and get Kurta’s custom tailored. This embroidered fabric comes in really beautiful, exotic motifs and designs. There is a huge variety in terms of colour and designs to choose from.
Now for women, in general, there is no dearth of options in clothing for traditional events. They could wear anything from suits, to saris, to lenhgas, to ghaghras, etc. But nothing beats the sari, especially if is a Chikan sari. A Chikan Sari has very little competition as far as ethnic wear for women go. The variety in patterns and shades is endless. One could go on and on if one did not stop and choose one. Looking at the fabric women want to splurge a little, and these functions give them a guilt free reason to do so.
Women’s another traditional attire in Chikankari that is equally, if not more, popular is Chikan salwar kameez. Salwar Kameez pieces come in various price ranges with myriads of motifs to choose from. Ladies can choose to get them tailored the way they like to. There is flexibility in patterns on the neck and sleeves giving them whole range of options to dig out their favourites from.
To go with the flavour of an all-traditional evening, Indian women can carry a Potli with their saris or suits. The Chikankari done on these potlis make them apt to accessorize their ethnic wear with. There are few other accessories with Chikankari on them- like belts, stoles, etc. The ladies could pair them with saris or salwar kameez and then there are stoles for the gents. Chikan has reinvented itself and branched out to show its range. This rich embroidered clothing has stayed with people from centuries and is going remain for many more to come.