Chikankari is an embroidery style that started in Lucknow and has now spread to its surrounding districts, too. This traditional form is intricately handmade by local artisans. Chikan means embroidery thread or wire. The artful creation of a chikan work, on various fabrics, is called chikankari Learn more about chikankari here.
Though I’ve heard of chikankari and have a couple of kurtas with this style, I found that this website (HOC) is aiming to not only sell but also provide employment to many. The mother-daughter duo (founders) finally got their big break on Shark Tank India Season 2 and together they have done a great job by bringing the wonderful work of local Indian artisans forward. By starting this website they have managed to give employment to 5000+ women craftsmen.
They have a pretty good collection of India’s heritage of hand-embroidered clothing as well as accessories in beautiful colours. I also loved the gorgeous pearl potli they have in their inventory.
After I browsed through the various kurtas, palazzos and kaftans on the House of Chikankari website, I wanted the Gulnar Chikankari Modal Anarkali Set which was out of stock. Therefore, I then decided to try a new style for myself and got the Jafna Chikankari Mulmul Angrakha instead. The ordering process was quite simple and quick.
The item took around a week to arrive. It came in a soft cover with an additional palazzo and sunscreen lotion. Don’t we just love freebies?
I have worn this angrakha style for the first time and found it to be quite a loose fit. The white palazzos that came along with the product went well with my pink and blue angrakha. You can pair this with heels or ballerina shoes. I’m short, so heels work better for me.
There are a whole lot of other clothing options for women like co-ord sets, gowns, dresses, unstitched suit sets, etc. You can shop by categories, occasion, fabric or colour! They also have a few kurtas and bottomwear for men.
I wasn’t too impressed with the look and feel of the material. Maybe a darker or solid colour would have interested me more. I definitely want to get the anarkali set and check out the rich-looking material of that, too.
This website is great if you want to own a chikankari outfit. As mentioned, they have plenty of options and more. I suggest that you have a look at this website to see if anything interests you. You will be indirectly helping numerous artisans around the country. Also, currently, there is a RAKHI SALE going on with attractive discounts. So, are you tempted enough yet?