Chikankari barely needs any introduction. It dates back more than 200 years and is easily identifiable by its usually white fine embroidery often seen on pastel, light toned fabrics. The traditional craft is one of the most popular parts of Lucknow's history and has created a frenzy in the fashion world. Chikankari is now a celebrated part of couture circles and an ethnic wear fixture, spotted over chikankari kurtas, salwar kameez suits and sarees. But can the traditional thread work find favour in contemporary fashion? We consulted Ragini Singh, Head of Design at LimeRoad to share her expertise on how chikankari can be styled with a modern twist.
1. Palazzos Please
Chikanakari palazzos are in vogue. You can team up your solid colour palazzos with a sharp crop top or a tank top. For a sophisticated look, wear them with a high neck or a turtleneck top. Match chikankari palazzos with a white shirt for a classic touch. You can experiment with your white shirt - half tucked, boat neck or rolled up sleeves.
2. Max Out Your Maxi Dresses
Breathable and comfortable clothes are a must-have in tropical climes. Cotton maxi dresses can be the perfect summer ensemble. You can opt for a long white maxi dress with intricate chikankari work over it. Pair this with silver statement earrings to marry the new and old styles.
3. Bring Out The Denims
Denims and chikankari kurtas are a match made in fashion heaven. For an ultra-cool contemporary look, style your chikankari kurta with ripped jeans and slip on your white canvas sneakers. Desi fusion has never looked better than this.