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"Donning a masterpiece from Wajid Ali Collections is wearing a piece of history"

The Indian name of Chikan embroidery is Chikankari. Kari being Hindi for work and Chikan is a Persian word meaning embroidery of a kind as per the Burhan's classical dictionary compiled in 1651.

So fine is this embroidery that the Romans called it textili venti, the woven winds. Chikankari has evovlved over centuries, reaching its peak in the late nineteenth century in Lucknow under the regime of the legendary Wajid Ali Shah, the famed ruler of Avadh, known for his ardor for art and culture and also for his predilection for donning finest fabric with equally fine hand crafted embroidry work.

Chikan is a type of white work - white embroidery on white fabric with predominantly floral designs executed on fine cotton fabric with untwisted threads of white cotton, rayon or silk.

There are six basic stitches in Chikan :

  • Tepchi (running stitch),

  • Bakhiya (double back & shadow stitch),

  • Hool (detached eyelet),

  • Zanzeera (chain stitch),

  • Rahet (stem stitch)

  • Banarasi (outline),

along with a number of derivatives like Tepchi Pechni, Pashni, Cutwork, Balda and Dohra Bakhiya and Muri etc.

Artisans involved in Chikan kari are Thappagars (the woodblock carvers), Rangsaaz (dyers), Cheepies (printers), Darzis (tailors), Sozankars (embroiders) and Dhobis (washerman).

The Wajid Ali Collection is created using the finest cotton fabric and threads. Each style is carefully crafted to match the styles and panache of Nawabs and maharajas of the glorious Indian past, while ensuring comforts of modern life-style.

The fabric used is light - weight to make this piece an ideal leisure and ceremonial use, especially in summers.

To recreate the glorious past of the Nawabs, our Sozankar(embroider) has taken almost one and a half months to complete this delicately embroidered piece - for those who value our cultural heritage.

"If you are using a masterpiece from Wajid Ali Collection, you are using a piece of history"

Range of Gents Full Kurta, Short Kurta & Shirts

Mens Chikan Wear

Range of Ladies Unstitched Suits, Stitched Suits & Tops

Ladies Chikan Wear

Range of Bed Sheets, Table Covers & Made Ups

Home Furnishings

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