Chikankari sarees are elegant and distinct style of hand embroidered sarees from the Nawabi land of Lucknow that are made with white untwisted yarn sewed with needle by hand on fine six yards of viol, silk, georgette or cotton. These Lucknowi Chikankari Sarees are usually made in light fabrics owing to the hot summers of Lucknow. Mainly done by women artisans and workers, the embroidered chikankari sarees involve a variety of stitching styles that are impossible to imitate. At first, designs are printed on the saree with washable colours on which different stitches and specialty embroidery work follow. While some patterns are simple and can be done by novice craftswomen, the others involve patterns that are extremely detailed and complex and require experienced artisans to bring them alive. Thus the level of expertise and the labor that goes into embroidering these lucknowi sarees decide the cost of these sarees that are a fit for a range of occasion’s right from casual wear and office wear to formal parties and even weddings.
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