5 Types Of Embroidered Kurtis That Are A Must-Have

Indian culture is well diversified in various aspects and this is seen in the kind of creativity put into making the native clothing look authentic and classy.

The traditions have been carry forwarded for years and years and even today an Indian woman looks the most elegant in her traditional wear.

Today, thanks to the access we’re given, we have the opportunity to own the best of works from artisans around the country. Here are a list of embroidered kurtis that every woman should own!

1. Chikankari

Originated from the city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Chikankari means beautiful designs on the cloth.

Chikan work that is traditionally done on silk fabrics is Lucknow’s own.

It is believed that Nur Jahan, the wife of Jahangir initiated this embroidery and today it is one of the most famous type of embroidered kurtis available in the market.

Since it is usually found on fabrics like muslin and cotton, these kind of kurtis are a comfort clothing for the summer.

2. Kutchi Bharat

These colourful geometric embroidered kurtis are a pride of Kutch in Gujarat.

This type of embroidery is a variation in the aribharat style of embroidery that derives its name from the type of needle used to make these stitches.

These kurtis are a must have because they could be worn anywhere, at work, at a pooja, at a sangeet party, or even holi!

You can even dazzle up a plain kurti by purchasing a kutchi bharat lace available in the market and sewing it on the borders.

Since these kurtis are usually bright and polychromatic they would be an ideal wear for the springs or the summer. 

3. Zardozi

Ostentatiously rich and magnificent in nature this type of work is a studded diamond in the crown of Indian clothing.

Zardozi work has found its origin in multiple places in India like Lucknow, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Delhi, Agra, Kashmir, Mumbai, Ajmer and Chennai.

It is believed that Zardozi was used to beautify the clothing of Kings and Queens and hence it falls in the department of royal wear.

Originally, zari work was done by melting pure metals like gold, silver and copper and making threads out of them to decorate the cloth (usually silk), but nowadays the zari threads have a plastic core and a golden thread on the outside.

However, the look it produces outmatches any other style of embroidered dress material in the market.

4. Kantha

A favorite of Bengal in East India, Kantha embroidered kurtis and salwars are one of a kind as they were traditionally made from reused clothes and materials.

This work involved using patches of fabrics on the cloth and using running stitches in a beautiful fashion to make it look beautiful and elegant.

Different types of these embroideries include Sujani, Durjani, Lep, Archilata, Rumal and Oaar kantha.

5. Kashmiri

Most famous among the other embroidered kurtis are these with a kashmiri design.

As the name suggests, this embroidery originates from Kashmir in the north-west region of the Indian sub-continent.

Since these embroideries are usually made on woollen fabrics, they are a must have for the chilly winters.

They have a unique touch to them and are usually available in pastel colours.

The Kashmiri embroidery is executed skillfully by the craftsmen who efficiently use the chain stitch, the satin stitch, the slanted darn stitch, the stem stitch, and the herringbone stitch to create elegant patterns.

With this comprehensive list of the must-haves, now you’re only a step away from flaunting off some really classy embroidered kurtis of which you have some fair knowledge about too.

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