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Red Chikankari Long Kurti

A Beginner’s Guide to Style Chikankari

The beautiful, delicate and intricate shadow work on fine fabric does not fail to impress any ethnic wear lover. Yes, we are talking about chikankari kurtas for ladies. The chikankari kurti look is very famous in India, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Lucknow. While it is an age-old practice, it is very popular in the modern era because of its versatile style.

Today, we will discuss chikankari embroidery motifs, how to style a chikankari kurti with jeans and the wide variety of chikankari clothes.

What is Chikankari?

Chikankari is a supremely delicate and intricate hand embroidery technique. Originating in Persia, it is an age-old creative technique of decorating and designing a piece of cloth by hand with fine strands of thread. The practice of designing clothes with intricate chikan patterns is immensely loved and we, at House of Kari, aim to maintain our cultural practices with a contemporary twist.

Well, that’s all about chikankari history. The most important question that most women want to know is how to style chikankari kurti in the trendiest way possible.

How to Wear a Chikankari Kurti?

The new edit of chikankari kurti designs is all about versatility and experimenting with style and fashion. The embroidered kurtis can be designed in many different ways for casual, formal and party looks.

Let’s see how!

Casual Look:

For a relaxed and comfy vibe, you can pair your chikankari outfits with jeans. You can complete the look with sandals and a sling bag. When it comes to hairstyles, let your hair down or wear a messy bun. Remember to consider your face shape and skin tone!

If you're a fan of Kiara Advani and Janhvi Kapoor's casual airport looks wearing Chikankari short kurtas, you can copy them by styling yours with palazzos. A tote bag and wavy hair will round out the ensemble.

Remember that less is more when it comes to casual wear. Don't overdo it with jewellery, makeup, and accessories. A pair of hoops, light foundation, and tinted cheeks and lips will perfectly suit the look. You can go for pastel shades for daytime and neutral shades for the night.

Formal Look:

Chikankari can be used to dress up a simple outfit. When done properly, you'll be able to put together an elegant ensemble that will turn heads. For a formal look, stick to non-clashing solid colours and patterns and pair them with straight pants or palazzos.

Dress up your outfit with heels and hoop earrings for an evening out. Finish your look with complementary accessories, such as a scarf or belt. Keep your jewellery and hair neat; no dangling necklaces or too many bracelets, as this is not appropriate for the workplace!

Party Look:

One of our favourite places to wear Chikankari is at a festival or a wedding. Wear a stunning Chikankari gown or pair your favourite Chikankari long kurta with a sharara or long skirt. To finish the look, add statement earrings, gold bangles, and wear a bold lip colour. Dress it up or down depending on the occasion!

If you're going to a cocktail or dinner party, for example, pair your Chikankari co-ord set with a heavy dupatta and jhumkas. Wear strappy stilettos and carry a clutch; if you're going to a daytime event, wear danglers instead.

At House of Kari, our motive is to remind people what is special about Chikankari embroidery and make them rethink its versatility. It’s 2022, and attending a wedding requires you to dress glamorously and traditionally at the same time.

Say goodbye to your old and plain outfits as Chikankari embroidery is here to stay!


  1. How do you style chikankari Kurtis?

    Chikankari kurtis can be styled with pants and trousers for a formal look and with palazzos, jeans and salwar for a casual look. It is best to accessorize with hoops and danglers.

  2. How can I accessorize a chikankari kurti?

    Ethnic accessories like punjabi juttis, jhumkas, hoops, potli bags, and chandbali earrings go well with chikankari kurtas.

  3. Can I wear a chikankari kurti with jeans?

    Yes, you can pair chikankari kurtas or kurtis with jeans for everyday wear as it gives a comfy and relaxed look.